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'An Olympic medal might set me free'

An Olympic medal is the biggest dream of her life and ahead of the only qualifying event for women boxers, India's five-time world champion, MC Mary Kom said a podium finish in London would give her the freedom to leave the ring on a high.

other Updated: May 08, 2012 23:29 IST

An Olympic medal is the biggest dream of her life and ahead of the only qualifying event for women boxers, India's five-time world champion, MC Mary Kom said a podium finish in London would give her the freedom to leave the ring on a high.

The 29-year-old Manipuri, a part of the 10-member Indian team, left for the World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China starting May 9.

Women's boxing makes its debut at the Olympics in London this July in three weight categories -- 51kg, 60kg and 75kg -- giving Mary Kom a chance to add a title that would complete her decorated cupboard.

"I am at my best right now and Olympic is my biggest dream. If I win a medal there, it will set me free as far as my future is concerned. I might continue or might decide to go," Mary Kom.

After over a decade inside the ring, the mother-of-two has achieved everything that is there to be achieved inside the ring and she says even if a medal doesn't come in London, she would be content with what she has done.

"It is important (that I get the Olympic medal) but it is not everything. After fighting it out for over 10 years, I have got nothing to prove," she asserted.

"Besides, if I put too much pressure on myself, I might not be able to do well. I have to take it one bout at a time," she said.

Apart from Mary Kom, Asian champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) are the other Indian competitors in the Olympic categories and national coach Anoop Kumar is quite optimistic about their chances as well.

"The only hitch is the quota that are allotted for each region. Even if say four Asians qualify for the quarterfinals, the slot available for the region are just two. So luck would play a role," said Kumar.