M.C. Mary Kom (women's boxing): A world champion is a rarity in India and achieving the feat five times makes Mary Kom a legend. In fact it was her exploits that prompted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include women's boxing for the first time in the Olympics.
The diminutive boxer from Manipur, mother of twin sons, also had to graduate from her pet 48kg to 51kg for the Games.
Despite her status as a renowned boxer, Mary Kom was extremely lucky to qualify for the Games during the World Championship in China. It was also the first World Championship from which Mary Kom returned empty handed. But now she is determined to end her career on a high, with an Olympic medal, preferably gold.