Guwahati, November 18: The five-time world champion and London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom is aiming for her historic sixth gold medal as she begins her campaign today.
The ace Indian boxer is on high spirits after defeating the Kazakh boxer in the final of the Silesian Open in Poland recently.
The 35-year-old returned to the ring in June 2017 after a year’s break. Since then, she seems to have rediscovered her form mostly competing in light flyweight (48kg). The world champion collected four medals this year. She won her maiden Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast and the inaugural India Open. She also won silver at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria besides the gold in the Silesian Open.
Kom is currently the country’s biggest hope for a gold.
Besides Kom, there are four Indians in action including Manisha Maun, Sarita Devi who will be featuring in their pre-quarterfinal bouts and Lovlina Borgohain, Bhagyabati Kachari.
“There are boxers who are still playing in my category since 2001. I know them very well. The new boxers are tougher and smarter, they are faster. I will use my experience,” Kom said.