British beating leaves Mary Kom on the wire
Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom’s Olympic ticket will be decided by fate now after she lost in the quarterfinals to world number two Nicola Adams in the World Championships here on Wednesday.Updated: May 17, 2012 01:34 IST
Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom’s Olympic ticket will be decided by fate now after she lost in the quarterfinals to world number two Nicola Adams in the World Championships here on Wednesday.
Women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in three weight categories in London — 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. Asia has two slots in the 51kg division and one of them has already been taken by Asian Games gold-medallist Ren Cancan of China.
The five-time world champion will return empty-handed on the medal front for the first time since the event’s inception in 2001 but she still has a chance to get the London berth if Adams goes on to win her semifinal bout.
The 29-year-old Manipuri went down 11-13 in a fiercely-contested battle in which she was tied with Adams on points in two of the four rounds.
Mary and North Korea’s Hye Kim have ended up on the losing side in the quarterfinals and their respective opponents —Adams of England and Elena Savelyeva of Russia — will be facing off in the semis now. The winner of the bout will decide which among Mary Kom or Kim goes through to the Olympics.
Mary Kom conceded a point’s lead each in the first and third round, which ultimately proved decisive in the bout.
“I gave my best but still lost, what can I say? I don’t know if I have a chance or not. I don’t want to think about it,” a dejected Mary Kom told PTI after her bout. “It’s difficult, I have to rely on luck which is not what I wanted to. I wanted to win it all by myself,” she added.
First Published: May 16, 2012 22:35 IST