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Olympic medal is the only thing I want to achieve now: MC Mary Kom

Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 13:16
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Olympic medal is the only thing I want to achieve now: MC Mary KomBoxer MC Mary Kom has achieved almost everything in her sporting career. She has clinched five world titles; she has been awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting award; she has been included in the list of top-50 marketable athletes. But one thing that is missing from her cupboard is an Olympic medal.

She has now come close to realising her dream with women’s boxing being included in the 2012 London Olympics. Having qualified for the event, she has set her target at winning an Olympic medal. With just a few days left before the London Games, Zeenews.com’s Biswajit Jha talked to the boxer who is confident of winning a medal.

Are you fully prepared for the London Olympics?

I am prepared for 2012 London Olympics. I have been training under my coach Charles Atkinson who is guiding me to improve my stamina, reflexes and some other aspects of the game. Apart from that, I have been working with other boxers for match like situations during training sessions.

How confident are you of winning a medal for India?

I have been working really hard after qualifying for the London Games. I am really confident of winning a medal. But at the end of the day, not everything is in my hand. I can assure you that I will give it my best shot to win a medal for the country.

How important are the Games for you?

I have been waiting for this opportunity to represent my country at the Olympics for a long time. I have won almost all the medals except an Olympic medal. And I hope, if I win, I will become popular (laughs).

Since you have won so many world championship titles, people expect you to win a medal at the Games. Do you have that pressure of expectation?

Not much. Pressure is always there. When you are competing at the top level, you are definitely under pressure every time you go in for a bout. I know people are expecting a medal from me. But I don’t feel the pressure.

How different will the Olympics be from World Championships?
From a competition perspective, it won’t be any different. The only difference will be that people will keep an eye on me; they will want me to win a medal. And an Olympic medal is the greatest reward and the most prized possession for any sportsperson.

You had to change your category from 46kg to 51kg. How difficult was the shift?

Since the Olympics have this category I have no choice. Initially the shift was difficult as I needed to compete with physically stronger opponents. But I have been practicing hard and hope that I will do well in that category, too.

Recently you have been included in the 2012 list of world’s top-50 marketable athletes. How did you react to the news?

I was really happy after I got the news. It will definitely help sports like boxing to grow in the country.

Thanks Mary for talking to Zeenews.com. We wish you win a Gold medal at the London Olympics…

Thanks a lot.


First Published: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 14:03

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G.P.RONGMEI - KONTHOUJAM
I am praying for you to make your dream in reality. God be with you.
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rashmi - bulandshahr
EVERY INDIAN IS WISHING HER FOR `GOLD`...I WISH FOR HER THE AWARD OF ``BHARAT RATNA`` FOR WHICH IS DESERVE..
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S. C. Rabha - Shillong
She is very good confidence and very hard worker player not only seen last two matches on TV but also as boxer double kicking at playing time if she got chances she use immediately. This is will be awarded for twine babys for London Olympic, 2012 and for North Eastern Regions. Be Strong, Marry.
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Dr.Rajendra patel - Hyderabad
we are proud of u..with ur gold medal u will inspire youger generation..gud luck..
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pradeep - bangalore
hats off to mary kom. she is a legend and the whole of india is proud of her achievements. we are all praying for her success
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dnhanraj - bangalore
Mom Mary all the best we pray for you win semifinal bout
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samuel mate - imphal,manipur
hello!! mery kom I wish you win a gold of fame for your country,may the good lord guide u.
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Khundongbam Santa Singh - Chandigarh, India
She has been one of the most greatest sports person in the world. With this Olympic medal, she will make Manipur more popular than whatever before. I hope she wins a gold medal. God may help her........
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DEBENDRO OINAM - SAGOLBAND, IMPHAL
We are waiting 4 u with the GOLD MEDAL.
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sathish - UAE
All the best mary
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