Imphal: Five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and subject of a Bollywood feature starring Priyanka Chopra, MC Mary Kom, is celebrating her 33rd birthday on Tuesday.
Mary Kom, also known as ‘Magnificient Mary’, is a boxer from Kangathei, Manipur. She is the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in the Asian Games and the first Indian woman boxer to compete in the Olympics, where she won a Bronze Medal. She was also the only woman to qualify for the Laisham Sarita Devi boxing event and the first amateur athlete to win the Padma Bhushan.
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An animal rights supporter and a feminist icon amongst Indians, Kom has been the subject of a biography published by Harper Collins in 2013 and a Bollywood feature film in 2014.