A horror harm wrecked Carolina Marin’s Tokyo Olympics dream however now the Spanish badminton star is aiming for a document fourth world title and gold on the 2024 Paris Video games.
Marin was the new favorite for the Tokyo title final yr till a knee harm in Might pressured her to overlook not simply the Olympics but in addition the World Championships in her residence city of Huelva 5 months later.
The 29-year-old returned to motion in Might this yr and he or she is making up for misplaced time on the Worlds in Tokyo this week.
Marin staved off 4 match factors to e-book her place within the quarterfinals with a 16-21, 21-15, 22-20 win over China’s He Bingjiao on Thursday, letting out a wild scream of celebration after sealing the deal.
She insisted a document fourth world title was not on the forefront of her thoughts however mentioned her win over He gave her the “self-confidence to face different prime gamers”.
“I don’t wish to take into consideration the title each day as a result of that is one thing that’s going to occur solely on Sunday whenever you win the final sport,” she informed AFP after organising a blockbuster quarterfinal in opposition to prime seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
“I wish to push myself so far as I can. I wish to give my finest in each sport that I’ve to play right here and naturally I’m wanting ahead to taking part in one other quarterfinal.”
The anterior cruciate ligament knee tear Marin suffered final yr got here simply two years after she ruptured the ACL in her different knee — an harm that stored her out for eight months of 2019.
She mentioned her two accidents had been “actually robust for the physique however primarily mentally” including that the considered successful Olympic gold in 2024 had stored her going.
“After I broke my second knee, one thing that motivated me was that I couldn’t win in Tokyo so I wished to win the gold medal in Paris,” mentioned Marin, the 2016 Olympic champion.
“I don’t wish to put strain on myself to maintain this type of aim in my thoughts. That is one thing that’s going to occur in two years nevertheless it’s one thing that typically motivates your self.”
Marin is acutely aware that, at 29, she is “not as younger as the opposite gamers” and is cautious of overloading her schedule. “Now I’m within the second to essentially care about my physique,” she mentioned.
“We have to hold specializing in what tournaments I ought to play as a result of to have two severe accidents is very easy to say however actually laborious to really feel,” she mentioned.
Marin’s resolve will likely be examined totally when she faces world primary and residential crowd favorite Yamaguchi for a spot within the final 4.
“To be away for multiple yr, not taking part in these sorts of video games in opposition to prime gamers, typically your confidence isn’t actually excessive,” she mentioned.
“However at the moment, to get this victory provides me some confidence, for certain.”