Friday, March 19, 2010

Breathe easy


The picture above, meant for ignoramuses like me is of Vijender Singh from Bhiwani, Haryana of whose existence I did not know until I read the papers yesterday. He won the Commonwealth Boxing Championships gold in the 75 kg category on Wednesday and was already the world no.1 when he added this, another very shiny feather to his cap. Incidentally he had also won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics thereby adding another feather to my ignoramus cap earned by achieving the feat of never having heard his name. In a country ridiculously short on sporting heroes, it's a matter of shame that everyone does not know about this world champion in our ranks. No, we'd (or more appropriately - I'd) rather watch Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta cheer their rather mediocre IPL teams from the stands than know about a guy who actually has won something and must have been doing so for quite some time!

Here's an anecdote from Wednesday's gold medal match that'll shed some light on why Vijender is at the top. First round of the final and Vijender takes a blow above his eyes which opens up a cut. Blood starts seeping out, not a great sign as boxing referees will very likely stop a match right then and there if the cut starts bleeding significantly. So what does our Vijender do? He in his post match interview says that he controlled his breath, breathing long and deep so that his heart does not get hyperactive and start pumping blood out out of his eye cut. Not only that he eventually manages to stem the blood flow simply by this 'breathing technique' if you will, and goes on to defeat his British opponent comprehensively. Imagine that! Getting beaten to pulp by an opponent, only occasionally managing to dodge his jabs, upper cuts and haymakers, all the while thinking "Breathe easy!... Breathe easy!... Breathe easy!"

Ha! And you thought your day time job was tough. Welcome to the real world.

6 comments:

Kunnu said...

Well..I was aware of his existence and his credentials.. :)

sugarcube said...

real world indeed :)

Kumar Bibek said...

Even me, He made the headlines. And the news channels were flooded with his achievement.

Roy said...

@Psychs and Kunnu: Well, I wasn't in India when all of that happened. That's my very valid excuse.

Kunnu said...

@Roy: If its an excuse, its not valid :P

You could have followed the olympics from there as well!!

Roy said...

@Kunnu: Well, it is. I am not too crazy about the Olympics plus I was in a different environment altogether where very very few people seemed concerned about the Olympics, let alone watch it.