Mary Kom does the impossible, loses 2 kilos in 4 hours

Visit your local fitness center and you’ll come across advertisements promising a dream weight-loss program. But for Mary Kom, that is just warm-up. Reports suggest that the champion boxer had just landed in Poland for a recently concluded tournament, and discovered she was overweight. She faced one challenge: Lose 2 kilograms in as little as four hours or be disqualified.

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Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara (L) fights with India's Mary Kom during their women's 45-48kg final boxing match during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue on the Gold Coast on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Faced with a near impossible task, Mary picked up her training gear. She had arrived in Poland at around 3:30 am and the weigh-in time was 7:30 am. The target weight was 48kgs and she was over by a few. “So, I had roughly four hours to shed that or I would have been disqualified for being over-weight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready,” Mary was quoted saying by news agencies.

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The five-time world champion said she was lucky to have travelled in a flight that was almost empty, enabling her to sleep with her legs outstretched. It helped to make sure she was not stiff when she landed.

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At the Poland tournament, Mary was the only senior gold-winner from India. “I am never satisfied with how I perform, I am always looking to work out new strategies. I am obsessive but not overtly aggressive. I like to conserve in a bout. I always like to study my opponents and then dismantle them bit by bit,” she was quoted saying.

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