MC Mary Kom collected her third gold medal of the year with a display of tactical brilliance in the just-concluded Silesian Open Boxing Tournament for women in Gliwice, Poland. The five-time world champion prevailed with 5-0 against Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassanayeva to pick up India’s lone senior category gold at the event on September 15. Meanwhile, her Indian counterpart Manisha has settled for a silver in the same tournament.
But hey, did you know that the former Olympic bronze-medallist lost 2 kgs within four hours in order to not get disqualified at the time of weigh-in at this tournament? Can’t believe? You got to believe because it’s real. Yes, this was the practical challenge that Mary Kom was confronted with when she landed in Poland for the tournament.
Explaining the challenge that she was confronted with just before the bout, Mary Kom reportedly told this to the news agency PTI in an interview after her return to the country:
“We landed in Poland at around 3-3:30 in the morning and the general weigh-in was at around 7:30 am. I was a couple of kilograms above 48kg, the category I compete in, at that point. So, I had roughly four hours to shed that or I would have been disqualified for being overweight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready.”
Recalling the situation, the 35-year-old reportedly mentioned further saying,
“Thankfully, the flight we traveled in was nearly empty so I could sleep with my legs outstretched, ensuring that I was not stiff on landing there. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would have been able to compete.”
Needless to mention, the Manipuri boxer was the lone senior gold-winner for India at the tournament in Poland.
Meanwhile, while Mary Kom is just a couple of months away from turning 36, it is reportedly said that she isn’t going to slow down either at home or inside the ring. In her own words as told in the same interview:
“No, the world championships in November is not my last. I am not going anywhere till the 2020 Olympics provided my body stays fit. I know my limitations but I also know my strengths. If there is any injury then I will see.”
Well, here’s a very big congratulation to Mary Kom and also good luck for all her future tournaments!