Full Name: Mangte Chungneijang Mery Kom
Born: 1 March, 1983
Height: 5'2" (158 cms)
Weight Category: 51kg (Flyweight)
Sports: Boxing
Personal bests: Five-time world champion and only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the London Olympics.

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Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom added another feather to her already crowded cap by becoming the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the London Olympics.

The 29-year-old Manipuri boxer luckily made the cut after her quarterfinal nemesis Nicola Adams of England defeated Russia's Elena Savelyeva in the semifinals. But she returned without a medal from the Women's World Boxing Championships for the first time since its inception in 2001.

The mother-of-two boxer usually fights at light flyweight (48kg) level but changed to flyweight (51kg), so that she can participate in the Olympics and was therefore punching above her weight. She has qualified for the Olympics by finishing as one of the top two Asian boxers at the world championships.

Women boxing is being included for the first time in the quadrennial extravaganza and has only three weight divisions: flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.

(JPN)

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