India's Kom rubbishes retirement talk, dreams of Olympic gold

Indian athletes shone on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games

Gold medallists Neeraj Chopra Mary Kom and Vinesh Phogat | AFP PTI

Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to claim a Commonwealth Games gold, said she had plenty of detractors but her priority is to keep training and her goal was to play as long as she could.

There will now be a Commonwealth Games gold alongside the five World Amateur titles, five Asian Championships, an Olympic bronze and a gold each at the Asian Games, Asian Indoor and Asia Cup.

There is no shame in losing to a legend of the sport, a five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist in a higher weight class, yet O'Hara felt she might have done just enough to be coming home with gold.

The trail-blazer, known in India as "Magnificent Mary", celebrated with a victory parade on her coach's shoulders and she had tears in her eyes afterwards.

Kom, devastated not to gain a wildcard for the 2016 Rio Olympics, gave mixed signals about whether she would now target the Tokyo 2020 Games and a first Olympic gold.

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Mary Kom said, "This is the first time I will be India's flag-bearer in an event like this".

Part of the problem is that at the Olympics there is no light-flyweight category, meaning Kom would have to step up to flyweight, which would mean fighting bigger and stronger opponents.

"People want me to retire but it's not important for me". Kom, who went from a poor village life to sports stardom and celebrity, was even the subject of a Bollywood film featuring actress Priyanka Chopra in 2014.

They are not boxing fans. "I will know when my body will not allow me to carry on".

The mother-of-three won a record fifth Asian women's championship title in November previous year - defying critics who suggested Kom was approaching retirement age. "Vikas was above all his opponents, Gaurav boxed beautifully and what can I say about Mary. Come up and I will show what I can do", she said in jest when asked about boxing in her mid-thirties.

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