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After all the hard work, Narsingh aims for medal in London

He has earned himself a ticket to the London Olympics after a lot of hard work and pain, and grappler Narsingh Pancham Yadav now doesn't want to settle for anything less than a top-three finish at the marquee event.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 18, 2012 14:25 IST

He has earned himself a ticket to the London Olympics after a lot of hard work and pain, and grappler Narsingh Pancham Yadav now doesn't want to settle for anything less than a top-three finish at the marquee event.


"My focus is to get a medal in the London Olympics. I am not thinking about anything else at this point of time. I am well aware what a podium finish in the Games can do. It has the potential to change my life and I don't want to let go this chance begging," Narsingh, who booked his London berth in his fourth attempt, said.

Narsingh beat Olegk Motsalin of Greece in a lop-sided title clash in the final World Qualifying Tournament in Finland in May to qualify for the Olympics.

Asked whether he may be putting up a lot of strain on himself by thinking about a medal, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist said, "I am not putting any undue pressure on myself. I am just concentrating on my game and I am committed to give my best in London."

"I am working on my defence and I am also trying to gain more speed ahead of the Olympics. The camp in Colorado Springs was very beneficial. I am now looking to our final training stint at Belarus," said Narsingh, who like all the budding wrestlers, idolises Beijing Games bronze medalist Sushil Kumar.

Asked about Sushil being bestowed upon the honour of leading the Indian Contingent at the Games, Narsingh said, "He has been my role model. It certainly is a great feeling that he will be carrying the Indian flag at the Olympics. It is obviously going to inspire the future wrestlers to do good for the country at the big stage."