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Mary Kom Fully Focused On The 2016 Olympic Games

Mary Kom, a 29-year-old mother of twin sons, plans to win another Olympic Games boxing medal in 2016.

Winning bronze in London this year has changed her life, but the little Indian fighter intends to go for gold in Rio de Janeiro.

"I hear they may introduce three more categories. If there's a 48kg category I am confident I can bring back gold," she says.

"But even if there's no 48kg category, I will try to change the colour of the medal in the 51kg category."

Known as MC (for Mangte Chungneijang) Mary Kom, and Magnificent Mary, she won five world amateur titles at 46 and 48 kg but had to move up to 51 kg to compete in the lightest of the three divisions for women in London.

She was hailed as the face of the campaign to get boxing for women recognised as an Olympic sport.

Before the 2012 Games, she could stroll through her hometown unnoticed. But winning a bronze medal has changed her life.

"I won five world championships but very few people recognised me. Even in my state only the people in Imphal (the state capital) knew me.

"Now even the kids know Mary Kom," she says. "There have been a lot of changes since I won the medal. It has been a lot more hectic. But I am still enjoying it.”

Hailing from the insurgency-prone state of Manipur, she received messages of support from across Indian society.

She has also captured the imagination of leaders in India’s film industry who have started work on a film about her life.

Training has taken a backseat since London, she admits. "I am doing my physical fitness part but I am not doing the full workout.

"It’s not going to be difficult to start full training again from January, after celebrating the New Year."

The International Amateur Boxing Association will press for more weight categories for women in Rio. If the officials succeed, Mary Kom will be happy.

"My normal category is 48 kg. To compete at 51 kg, I had to depend on lots of food and drinks before the weigh-in," she explains.

"But that did not make me stronger. If there's a 48kg category, it will be perfect for me."

Last week, she was named as the brand ambassador of India's Super Fight League, a mixed martial arts league launched by Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and entrepreneur Raj Kundra earlier this year.

Indians won two silver and four bronze medals in London; the country's biggest Olympic haul yet and equalling the total Indians had won at seven previous Games.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by liuj88 on 10-04-2012

[QUOTE=Hardhitter.1;12573400]This stat that India only won 2 silvers & 4 bronze is ridiculous. A country of 1.2 BILLION didn't win a single gold? That's messed up.[/QUOTE] I don't put too much importance in the size of a country's population and…

Comment by Hardhitter.1 on 10-03-2012

This stat that India only won 2 silvers & 4 bronze is ridiculous. A country of 1.2 BILLION didn't win a single gold? That's messed up.

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