New Delhi: Olympic bronze medalist and five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom defeated Pinki Jhangra, a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, and made the 13-member Indian boxing contingent for the Asian Games, starting in the South Korean city of Incheon on Sept. 19.
Pinki had beaten Kom to make the Commonwealth Games squad but this time the Manipuri boxer asserted her class in the trials conducted by the Indian Olympic Association ad-hoc committee at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala Wednesday.
Besides Kom (51kg), L. Sarita Devi (60kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) also made the cut.
The men's team comprises L. Devendro Singh (49kg), Gaurav Bhiduri (52kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg), Akhil Kumar (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg), Kuldeep Singh (81kg), Amritpreet Singh (91kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg).
Kom was delighted and said she would give the medal her best shot.
“I am very happy that my hard work has paid off today. I promise that I would make the most of this opportunity and bring the medal for my country," said Kom.
The 31-year-old boxer credited her success to her new coach, Angom Lenin Meitei, under whom she started training just a month ago.
“I want to give credit to Lenin who has given me some hard training in the last one month. He has helped me a lot in gaining weight as I lost some three kg. recently. He has also been very motivating from day one,” she said.
“The win was the only thing in my mind before travelling to Patiala and I kept on changing my techniques according to my opponents,” said Kom, who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games.