Good Sports: Turning Bronze into Gold
Five-time world amateur boxing champion Mary Kom did not have to work too hard to win a gold medal at the recent Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
“I feel the bouts were all easy for me there,” Kom told Outlook India. “I never took any of them lightly before stepping into the ring but ended up winning easily. They were tiring but easy bouts.”
She was India’s only gold medalist in boxing, improving on her third place showing at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
“As far as the level of competition is concerned, I feel it is more or less the same that I faced in Guangzhou Asian Games,” said Kom, 31, a mother of three from Manipur. “It hasn’t changed much but I personally feel fitter and stronger.”
She won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and hopes to win gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It may not be wise to bet against her. She already has experience, after all, turning bronze into gold.
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