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Here are the 5 Greatest Athletes produced by Manipur

Nov 11, 2017 18:48

The state of Manipur is known for its scenic beauty which attracts tourists from across the world throughout the year.

Located in the North-East of India, Manipur has given India some incredible athletes who have done the nation proud with their commendable performances.

Nelive presents some of the best athletes from Manipur.

Mary Kom

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One of the most inspirational sportspersons in the country, Mary Kom has been a symbol of consistency ever since making her debut in early 2000s.

The success of Dingko Singh at the Bangkok Asian Games was one of the primary reasons for Mary to take up boxing. The Imphal native is a 5-time World Amateur  boxing champion and has won several medals at the Asian boxing championships as well.

Her best result came at the 2012 London Olympics when she became the first Indian woman boxer to win a medal in the event. She has competed in 46 Kg, 48 Kg and 51 Kg categories and has excelled in all of them.

After missing out of the 2014 Glasgow games, Mary came back strongly to win her first Asian Games gold in Incheon.

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Mary Kom, who had won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics, clinched gold in the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam against a younger North Korean rival.

Mary Kom, who will be turning 35 on November 25, won the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships in the Light Flyweight category, defeating DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final bout 5-0 by unanimous judges decision.

Kunjarani Devi

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Kunjarani Devi took it up a notch with her impressive performances in the National Championships where she won gold in multiple categories.

The Manchester World Weightlifting championship saw Kunjarani clinch her first World title. She went on to represent India in the next seven consecutive World Championships and managed to return with a medal on each occasion barring the 1993 Melbourne one.

She won bronze medals in both the 1990 and 1994 editions of the Asian Games.  Kunjarani won gold in the 48 Kg category at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games with a Games record.

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The appointment of weightlifter N. Kunjarani Devi as a member of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) had a hint of irony following the revamp of the anti-doping panels by the Sports Ministry.

Kunjarani, who was suspended for a doping offence in 2001 when she tested positive for stimulant strychnine in the Asian championships and served a six-month suspension, can now be part of a panel that hears anti-doping cases against athletes and pronounces verdicts.

Sarita Devi

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A mother of two, 30-year-old Thingbaijam Sarita Devi is the country’s first woman to win the National Bodybuilding Championship for three consecutive years.

She has also made the country proud by excelling consistently in international competitions. What is even more commendable is achieving this feat in a sport women still hesitate to be a part of.

Born and brought up in Mayang, Sarita Devi had a tough childhood. Muhammad Ali was her inspiration to take up boxing as she turned professional in 2000 at the age of just 15.

The Bangkok Asian Championships in 2001 saw Sarita clinch a silver medal. She went on to add four gold medals in the Asian Championships over the course of the next 9 years.  Her best result has been a gold winning effort at the 2006 World Championships in the 52 Kg category.

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After winning silver in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Sarita looked like going all the way at the Asian Games in Incheon before an alleged controversial decision in the semifinals cut short her journey. 

What followed was a controversy with Sarita refusing to accept her bronze medal. She was suspended by the sport's governing body following this incident.

Sanjita Chanu

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On August 3 when the award selection committee recommended 16 names for the Arjuna award, the Indian Weightlifting Federation felt confident. They were sure that Sanjita Chanu would be one among the 16.

Sanjita Chanu took up the sport of weightlifting at the age of 12, inspired by Kunjarani Devi's success at the world stage.

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The 21-year old won India's first gold medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games with a fine effort of 173 Kg missing the Games record by a couple of kilograms.

Chanu holds the promise for Indian weightlifting in the years to come.

Devendro Singh

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He  boxer from Imphal West district, Manipur who competes in the light-flyweight division. Devendro presented India at the 2012 Summer Olympics and lost out in the quarter finals in a tough bout against the eventual bronze medalist Irish boxer Paddy Barnes.

Devendro qualified for the Olympics after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku.

In 2013 Devendro won the silver medal at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship.

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In August 2014 he won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He competed against Paddy Barnes, who was representing Northern Ireland and settled for a Silver medal.

Devendro is a strong contender for India for the 2016 Olympics. He is supported by Olympic Gold Quest

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