After adding a sixth world boxing championship title to her illustrious trophy cabinet, India's ace boxer M C Mary Kom is hungry for more success as she now sets her sights for a gold at the Olympics.
The 36-year-old created history at the World Boxing Championships after she won gold by defeating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the 48kg light flyweight class category. She became the first female pugilist to win six gold medals in the history of the competition, surpassing the record which was previously held by Irish Boxer Katie Tayor (five golds and a bronze).
"I have a medal in Olympics (a bronze in 2012), but gold is something I dream for. I am very happy about my championship win, as it boosted my confidence to face life head-on," she told reporters on the sidelines of an athletics event here.
"I am eyeing a gold at Tokyo Olympics. I will train doubly-triply hard to get a gold for my country," she said.
Following her historic win, social media erupted with joy as people started sending in wishes and tributes for the Indian boxing legend. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, who was also present at the felicitation ceremony held at the JLN Stadium, called Mary Kom a "national treasure".
"She has won six world titles and we are happy that she administered a pledge to the children present here on keeping the fairness and sportsmen's spirit in any game," Gandhi said.
Mary Kom, during her interaction with the media, revealed that a disciplined training regimen is what keeps her bout-ready at all times.
"I have been very sincere during my training. If I have 2-3 sessions, I will make it a point to not miss them, I attend as many as possible. If I don't train, I won't succeed," she said.
Mary Kom won her world title in the 48kg category but for the Olympics, she will have to bulk up to the 51kg division. Asked if her training schedule will undergo any change keeping the Olympics in mind, the Manipuri said she will talk to her coach and the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) to work out her plan.
"I will speak to my coach, the BFI, the SAI (Sports Authority of India). We have already got some good facilities and hope to get better results this time," Mary Kom said