Posted On Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 08:50:33 AM
The extraordinary story of M C Mary Kom keeps getting better. Yesterday, the five-time world champion and a mother of five-year old twins assured herself an Olympic medal with a convincing 15-6 win over Tunisian Maroua Rahali in the quarterfinals of women’s 51 kg category in London.
A tougher challenge waits around the corner. She faces Great Britain’s Nicola Adams, who beat her in this year’s World Championships. The winners of the two semi-finals compete for the gold medal while the losing semi-finalists are awarded a bronze each.
• M C Mary Kom (in blue) lands a ferocious punch against Tunisia’s Maroua Rahali during their 51-kg quarterfinal in London yesterday. She meets British favourite Nicola Adams in the semis on Wednesday
Hope floats as Mary Kom has got better and better as the Games have progressed. She might have entered the quarter-finals with a hard-fought victory over Karolina Michalczuk but she produced a well-composed fight yesterday to beat the Tunisian. She steadily built up the intensity.
The first round was about sizing up her opponent, the second was about frustrating the Tunisian with her speed and the third was all out aggression. Going into the third with only a two-point lead, the Indian put the hammer down as she went for her opponent.
Like in her pre-quarters bout, she displayed her quick feet and fast hands with a flurry of combination punches. She stepped inside her opponent, who had an advantage of height, and landed some telling blows.
With the Tunisian clearly reeling under the pressure of the punches, Mary Kom went for the kill winning the round 6-1. The final round was just a formality. “For the last three or four years, I have been training with boys taller and heavier than me. It has helped a lot,” Mary Kom said.
“Now I am not really tired, but yesterday was hard. I am getting into the groove and hopefully will be able to deliver when it matters the most. I am eagerly looking forward to that,” Mary said. She is taking it one bout at a time.
“I will try for silver. After that, let’s see. I am extremely happy, now I hope my dreams come true.”
► I am extremely happy, now I hope my dreams come true. For the past year I have been dreaming of an Olympic medal and now I am ready
- M C Mary Kom, After entering the semis