India's Mary Kom wins fifth gold at Asian Championships 2017

Q.  Which Indian Olympian boxer won her fifth gold at the 2017 Asian Championships?
- Published on 09 Nov 17

a. Sarjubala Devi
b. Laishram Sarita Devi
c. Kavita Goyat
d. Mary Kom

ANSWER: Mary Kom
IndiaMary Kom won her fifth gold at the Asian Championships.

After fighting in the 51 kg category for the past three years, Mary, a Rajya Sabha MP, had shifted to 48 and this was her first international championship in the new weight class.

She scored a 5-0 win over Kim Hyang Hi of North Korea in Ho Ch Minh City, Vietnam.

She made a comeback for the 2014 CWG trials, where she missed out on a spot with a narrow loss against Pinki Jangra in 51 Kg.

Mary won the gold medal at Asian Games in Incheon before taking a six month break once again.

Nov 8's final saw Mary making use of counter punches and blanking Kim in all the rounds.

Mary Kom: Know More
  • Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte (born 24 November 1982), better known as Mary Kom, is an Olympic Indian boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur.
  • She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
  • Nicknamed "Magnificent Mary", she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.
  • She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category.
  • She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
  • On 26 April 2016, Kom was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
  • In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing.

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