MANJU RANI, (48 KG)
Date of Birth: 26.10.99.
Place of Birth: Rohtak, Haryana
Born and brought up in Rohtak, Haryana, Manju’s love for boxing can be traced back to her desire to control her anger and fighting the memories of her dad, who passed away eight years back. While the girl comes from a humble background, the family has seen abject poverty. Nothing has come easy for Manju and her four siblings who have toiled hard to be where they are today. Manju’s father, Bhimsen Singh died due to stomach cancer, he used to be a jawan in the Border Security Forces (BSF).
The sudden death of the father, while Manju was just about 12 years old, came as a shock for the youngster. She found it extremely difficult to deal with the loss. Manju found solace in boxing. Not only did the pent-up anger found a vent while she boxed, she also started finding confidence and purpose as she continued to box. Her mother had stood by the teenager as a rock as Manju continued to pursue boxing and accolades early in life.
While life has continued to throw challenges in Manju Rani’s way, winning a gold in her first senior nationals was a firm step towards realizing her dreams of representing India and win an Olympic medal one day. With inspiration from role models, Vijender Singh and Mary Kom, Manju Rani has taken every challenge coming her way, head-on. Whilst trying to represent from Haryana, this young boxer claims to have faced nepotism and that prompted her to move to Punjab. She managed to play the Nationals from her adopted state.
Three times state junior champion, Manju not only managed to represent Punjab at the 3rd Elite Women’s National Championship last December, she also won a gold medal in the 48 kg category. She also thereby earned a ticket to represent India at her first ever international tournament in Bulgaria, where she earned a silver medal.
- 2019: Silver at World Championships, Russia
- 2019: Bronze at India Open, Guwahati
- 2019: Bronze at Thailand Open
- 2019: 70th Strandja Boxing Tournament, Sofia, Bulgaria-Silver
- 2018: 3rd Women’s Senior National Championship-Gold
- 2016: Women’s Junior State Championship-Gold
- 2015: Women’s Junior State Championship- Gold
- 2014-15: Women’s Junior State Championship - Gold
- 2014-15: Women’s Junior National Championship- Gold