London Olympics: Mary Kom loses 6-11 in boxing semis, settles for bronze

 

MC Mary Kom

Star boxer M C Mary Kom’s quest for a historic Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing came to a heart-breaking end when she lost to Great Britain’s Nicola Adams in a high-voltage semi-final at the ExCel Arena here on Wednesday. Match photos

The 29-year-old Mary Kom, a five-time world champion, fought gallantly but was outpunched by a clearly superior rival Adams, who fashioned a comfortable 11-6 victory much to the dismay of a sizeable Indian crowd who thronged the stadium to support the Indian.

Local girl Adams, popularly known as ‘Babyface’ was also not short of support as she was egged on by British PM David Cameron and Olympic silver medallist Aamir Khan.

Adams, a two-time silver medallist in the world championship, was well prepared for the diminutive Mary and exhibited a fine blend of defence and aggression to thwart the Indian in the high voltage semi-final clash.

While Mary had good support from the Indians in the crowd, Adams enjoyed the vociferous support of the home fans who lustily cheered her whenever she was able to land a successful punch. .

With Mary’s exit, India’s hope of getting a silver or a gold medal from the event came crashing down. L Devendro Singh is the only Indian boxer in the fray now.

India have so far bagged one silver and three bronze medals from the ongoing Games, slightly better than the one gold and two bronze medals collected from the Beijing Games four years ago.

Both the boxers understandably started a little cautiously but Adams disticntly had the advantage of her height and reach which made it diffcult for Mary to score the points.

“Adams was very clever. She is a counter puncher but although she packed power, she wasn’t very tactical,” Mary said after the bout.

Mary, who is known as “magnificent Mary” for her stellar performances in the boxing ring, said she was happy to have at least won a bronze medal in the Olympics.

“Women’s boxing has made its debut in the Olympics and I am happy that I could win a bronze medal. I wanted to do better than this, but today I could not beat my opponent who had the advantage of boxing in front of her home crowd. It makes a lot of difference,” Mary pointed out.

Mary said she felt sorry for letting down her countrymen who expected bigger things from her.

“My whole country was hoping for me to win a gold medal, and I am sorry I have not come back with that. Lot of people have prayed for my success and I thank them all. But in sports, you win some and you lose some,” she said.

The Indian made a few technical mistakes during her bout, particularly in the first two rounds, and that allowed her British rival to gradually consolidate her position.

“I did make some mistakes. Mistakes will always happen, otherwise I will win all the bouts. I tried my best and gave it all. But I was not lucky enough to win today,” she said.

Courtesy: http://indiatoday.intoday.in

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