Six inspiring comebacks of female athletes

It’s been a little over five years since this veteran pugilist contested in the 48-kg category but Manipur’s Magnificent M. C. Mary Kom, at 34, on Wednesday, beat Hyang Mi Kim to clinch the gold medal at the Asian women's boxing championships. Let’s look at five other women, who’ve scripted some of the incredible comebacks in sports. Photo: M. Moorthy
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a master of several sports but chose to be a pro-golfer (she was a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association). She made an incredible comeback -- after surviving colon cancer in 1953 -- to win five titles. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Getting stabbed with a nine inch knife by an assailant -- this usually happens in a psycho thriller flick. It’s not okay if it happens to a teenage tennis sensation in the middle of a high profile match. But it happened to Monica Seles in 1993. She came back from the physical injury and mental trauma to win the 1996 Australian Open. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
A horrific accident, shortly after alpine ski racer Picabo Street’s gold-medal winning effort at the 1998 Olympics, left her with a broken femur and damaged ligaments. But Street repaired her body, rejuvenated her spirit to compete and returned in 2000 and did well till she retired in 2002. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
To mount a comeback is a huge deal. For, it isn’t only about preparing once again the body for constant resetting of its limits; to motivate the mind is, as many athletes would acknowledge, is a tall order per se. But American swimmer Dara Torres twice came out of retirement, winning 12 Olympic medals in her career. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
It seemed like a premature end to an already glorious career when Martina Hingis, at 22, announced her first of the three retirements in 2003. The return, two years later, was unsuccessful (hardly any titles) albeit finishing 2006 among the top-10. She retired again in 2007. But returned six years later to become a top-ranked doubles player. Photo: Getty Images