She became pregnant at the age of 12. Now, Kenya's Christine Ongare is an Olympic boxing qualifier

Kenya's Christine Ongare holds her qualifying ticket after her victory against Uganda's Catherine Nanziri during the  Africa Boxing Olympic Qualification tournament in Dakar, Senegal on Saturday.

(CNN)Kenya's Christine Ongare qualified Saturday for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Ongare, 26, made it through to the Olympics after outboxing Ugandan opponent Catherine Nanziri in the women's flyweight (51 kilogram) division at the Africa Boxing Olympic Qualification tournament in Dakar, Senegal.
Ongare won by a unanimous points decision. She also won a bronze medal at the event.
    Ongare is the second Kenyan boxer to qualify for the Olympic games, according to local media. Nick Okoth was the first.
    But it's not her first medal. In 2018, she won Kenya's only boxing medal at the Commonwealth Games.

    'I fell pregnant when I was 12 years old'

    Despite Ongare's many wins, she says becoming a household name in boxing has been challenging. She told the Olympic Channel in an interview that due to peer pressure, she got pregnant when she was just 12 years old.
    "I have gone through a tough life, so hard. It's just that I don't like talking about it. I fell pregnant when I was 12 years old. So, my mum took the responsibility of raising my child. I was a small child. It was just peer pressure, to try something and then it ruins you," she said in the video.
    Her mother, also a single mother, struggled to pay bills and her school fees.
    She tried out sports like football and acrobatics, until boxing eventually became her lifeline.