I never expected to qualify for London Olympics: Amit

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Amit Kumar still in disbelief
New Delhi, Jul 19: Still in disbelief over his qualification to the London Games, youngest member of the Indian wrestling contingent Amit Kumar Dahiya says he is treating this as his first and last Olympics.

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"I had prepared myself for the 2016 Olympics, I never expected to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Right now I am not thinking beyond this Olympics, I am treating the London Games as my first and last Olympics and I am committed to give my 100%," Amit Kumar told PTI.

The 19-year-old, however, said he was confident about his chances at the sporting extravaganza.

"I am quite confident that I can deliver for my country. If you see my recent record I won a gold at the beginning of this year in USA. I got a bronze in the Asian Championship and won a gold in the Asian Qualifying Tournament. So I know I can do it for my country and for my own self," said Amit, whose advent to the senior level has surprised one and all.

Amit, who along with fellow Olympic-bound wrestlers, is today scheduled to fly to Belarus for a conditioning-cum cum-training camp, said he would like to improve upon his speed and shed a few kilos before hitting the mat in London.

"The focus during the upcoming camp in Belarus will be on reducing weight. I would also look to improve upon the speed of my attack. I will be also working on counter attacks and defence skills," said the 55kg free-style wrestler from Delhi.

Amit added that the previous training camp in Colorado Springs, USA was very effective.

"The camp at Colorado Springs was very good. I got an opportunity to spend some time with Brandon Slay (former Olympic gold medallist). I discussed with him about my game and his tips have been really beneficial. Together we talked about my technique. He also told how to tackle different situations. It was a great learning experience," he said.

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