Big leap for Mary and Women's boxing

Bikash Singh

Many questioned the very idea of women's boxing at the Games but they came, saw and conquered like Queens, drawing loudest roar when India's Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom took the ring for the first time in the Olympics - leaving the men in the shade. 36 fighters from 23 teams and six continents showed women can pack an equally hard punch in this brutal yet elegant sport.

England's Nicola Adams became the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal in the flyweight category while Mary Kom was India's lone medal-winning boxer at the Olympics.

The five-time world champion finished with a bronze after losing the semi-final match to Nicola in the 51 kg category. "I am very happy to be the first Indian woman boxer to get a bronze medal but I am sad that I could not convert it into gold," the 29-year-old said.

Mary's not sure whether she would return to the Olympics again but her records are something very few would be able to match. However, despite all that she has done for the sport, very few acknowledge her feats. With five world titles, four Asian titles and an Olympic bronze - Mary Kom remains a humble mother and a humble champion. Dear Mary, you are just magnificent!