O.Nasan­bur­maa: Per­haps I will land on some­thing big­ger than World Cham­pi­onships

The UB Post - - Front Page - By KH.ALTAN

The World Wrestling Cham­pi­onships took place at Bu­dapest, Hun­gary from Oc­to­ber 20 to 28. There, O.Nasan­bur­maa won a sil­ver medal in the 72 kg women’s event on Oc­to­ber 24. In do­ing so, she has be­come the first Mon­go­lian to have won four medals from the World Cham­pi­onships.

Ten years ago, O.Nasan­bur­maa won a bronze medal in the World Wrestling Cham­pi­onships tak­ing place in Tokyo, Ja­pan. Since then, she has won bronze medals in both 2012 and 2013. At the time of her third bronze medal, some were crit­i­cal of her for only win­ning bronze medals, a tes­ta­ment to the enor­mous pres­sure on her to suc­ceed. In her 10th year an­niver­sary of her bronze medal from the cham­pi­onships, she has made a

come­back and in­creased her rank sig­nif­i­cantly.

You have made a his­tor­i­cal achieve­ment by win­ning four World Cham­pi­onships medals in the past 10 years. It has only been a few days since you ar­rived in Mon­go­lia. Did you rest well?

The Mon­go­lians have suc­cess­fully par­tic­i­pated in the World Wrestling Cham­pi­onships in Hun­gary by win­ning one sil­ver, and two bronze medals. When I came to Mon­go­lia, my fel­low of­fi­cers, fam­ily mem­bers, friends and my class­mates from the Acad­emy of Gov­er­nance greeted me and I was very touched.

It was a great day that I will re­mem­ber for­ever. I still have not rested well yet.

On the day you came back to Mon­go­lia, tra­di­tional wrestler N.Zol­boo cel­e­brated his khart­saga ti­tle. Did you cel­e­brate with him?

Yes, of course, I did. N.Zol­boo and I are from the same place. Even be­fore I trans­ferred to the Rail­way Po­lice Depart­ment, we were in Khuch Sports As­so­ci­a­tion to­gether.

When you were be­ing awarded your medal, were you more up­set about the fact that you did not be­come the cham­pion or were you proud of how you be­came the first Mon­go­lian to win four medals from the World Cham­pi­onships?

It would have been great to be called world cham­pion and I am sad about how I did not win the gold. The im­age of me los­ing to the Cana­dian wrestler is still in my mem­ory fresh. How­ever, I will not be up­set for win­ning sil­ver medal. On the con­trary, I will clench it tight.

To reach this vic­tory, I have set aside my per­sonal life and de­voted all of my­self. I have prac­ticed freestyle wrestling for the past 15 years of my life. All of this is thanks to the pub­lic who sup­ported me, my fam­ily, and my coaches.

Since I won my third medal from the World Cham­pi­onships in 2013, I have been work­ing hard to im­prove my suc­cess and be­come world cham­pion. On the other hand, I wanted to re­pay the peo­ple who sup­ported me.

I have changed the color of my medal and achieved a part of the suc­cess that I set out for. Though I did not be­come the cham­pion, I did fight for the cham­pi­onship ti­tle. I am proud for that. The World Cham­pi­onships will not end with this one. I will get the op­por­tu­nity to do this again.

Next year, I will work hard to have the Mon­go­lian na­tional an­them play on the global arena. Out of two large achieve­ments pos­si­ble, one was not filled. Per­haps I will land on some­thing big­ger than this. Un­til Tokyo 2020, I will set aside my per­sonal life and aim to be­come a cham­pion.

I par­tic­i­pated in al­most all the com­pe­ti­tions this year. I did not win medals from all of them, in­clud­ing the Asian Games. I was well pre­pared men­tally and phys­i­cally for the World Cham­pi­onships, so I was sure that I would win a medal.

There are many things that can af­fect a per­son’s vic­tory, in­clud­ing the as­trol­ogy of the day and their readi­ness. It feels com­fort­ing to par­tic­i­pate in any com­pe­ti­tion with your first coach. I par­tic­i­pated with coach T.Sukhbaatar by my side.

Be­fore Bu­dapest 2018, your an­kle was in­jured. Was it painful to wres­tle?

About a week be­fore I went to Bu­dapest, my an­kle started to act up. It was painful and I couldn’t stand, so I did not prac­tice at all. The World Cham­pi­onships was about to start and I was so up­set that some­thing like this hap­pened. I thought to my­self, “Why am I so un­lucky.”

When I was up­set, T.Sukhbaatar coach told me, “Rest for a few days. You can con­tinue prepa­ra­tions be­fore the cham­pi­onships starts.”

I healed my­self and I aimed for the World Cham­pi­onships, but in the sec­ond match, I was wrestling against a Turk­ish wrestler and I made my in­jury worse. I would like to thank doc­tor Saraa for help­ing me get well in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion like this.

Not only as a wrestler, but as a per­son, you have be­come some­one loved by all Mon­go­lians. Is it stress­ful that peo­ple de­mand such high achieve­ments from you?

I am used to it at this point. It is very rare that I come back from a com­pe­ti­tion with­out any medals. When I come back from a com­pe­ti­tion, my par­ents al­ways ask me, “My daugh­ter,

what medal did you get?”

The weight class that you wres­tle in now is 72 kg and is not an Olympic weight di­vi­sion. In Tokyo 2020, will you gain or lose weight to wres­tle?

I will com­pete in the 68 kg di­vi­sion. I am go­ing to rest for a few days and start train­ing again.

...To reach this vic­tory, I have set aside my per­sonal life and de­voted all of my­self. I have prac­ticed freestyle wrestling for the past

15 years of my life. All of this is thanks to the pub­lic who sup­ported me, my fam­ily, and my coaches...

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