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Mary makes a winning start

other Updated: May 14, 2012 01:20 IST
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Star Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom made a resounding start to her title defence and the quest for an Olympic berth by advancing to the pre-quarterfinals of the seventh World Women’s Championships in Qinhuangdao, China on Sunday.

The 29-year-old seventh seed, who has won the world title for an unprecedented five times, out-punched Japan's Ayako Minnowa 20-9 in her lopsided opener of the flyweight 51kg division after getting a first-round bye.

“It was such a confusing bout, I don't know how to describe it. My opponent was very strong but she had no skill or technique, she only had strength. She fought like a bull, only hitting my belly,” said Mary Kom from Qinhuangdao.

Mary Kom will now square off against Marielle Hansen of Norway on Tuesday in the last-16 stage.

Asian Championship 2012 gold medalist Sarita Devi advanced to the next round in the 60 kg weight category by defeating Ayzanat Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan on points 27:11.

Compatriot Pooja Rani (75 kgs) bowed out with a 11:27 loss to Claressa Maria Shields of the US.

Walking into London
Young Khushbir Kaur finished a disappointing 71st in women’s 20km race walk after Irfan Kolothum Thodi qualified for London Olympics in men's 20km competition on the second and final day of the IAAF World Race Walking Cup at Saransk, Russia today.

Khushbir, who had bettered the Olympics qualification 'B'standard of 1:38.00 last month in the Federation Cup which was not a London Games qualifying event, clocked 1:44:07 to finish 71st.