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Bollywood, ballots and boxing keep Hmangte busy

29 Mar 2018

India’s Chungneijang Hmangte is surely the busiest woman in the sport.

Better known as "Mary Kom" or "Magnificent Mary", the 35-year-old mother of three has won five amateur world titles, multiple Asian championships and an Olympic bronze medal in London in 2012. She is also a member of the Indian parliament's upper house.

In 2014, Hmangte was the subject of Bollywood film Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra.

Only one boxing accolade eludes her - a Commonwealth Games medal.

"I’m very proud to be competing for India on the Gold Coast,” Hmangte said.

"I’m proud for women’s boxing to be featured with more divisions. We are very excited about this event. This is a happy moment."

Hmangte started boxing in 2000 and made an immediate impact, finishing second at the 2001 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in the United States in the 48kg division.

From that moment, she has dominated, often making the difficult step up to the 51kg division. On the Gold Coast, she will contest the 45-48kg division.

She keeps homesickness at bay with regular video calls to her three young sons.

The dream of achieving a Commonwealth Games gold medal is what keeps her going.

At 35, she has no plans to retire.

"I always enjoy my training. When I’m in competition, boxing is my priority and I always try to do my best,” she said.

"I would like to fight for one or two more years. If my body allows it, I still dream of competing in everything."

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This article was produced by Games News Service.