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Mary Kom loses, Olympic berth hangs in balance

May 16, 2012 19:00 IST

India's ace woman boxer M C Mary Kom's Olympic ticket will be decided by fate now after she lost in the quarter-finals to world No 2 Nicola Adams in the World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, on Wednesday.

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 can still get the London berth if Adams wins her semi-final bout.

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 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.

M C Mary KomMary and North Korea's Hye Kim ended up on the losing side in the quarter-finals and their respective opponents -- Adams of England and Elena Savelyeva of Russia -- will face off in the semis. 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 said after the 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.

Both Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi (60kg) are in the same boat and will know if they have got the Olympic berth only after the semi-final stage.

There was some good news for India in the non-Olympic categories though as Kavita assured herself of a medal by advancing to the +81kg division semi-finals. She beat Turkey's Semsi Yarali 15-14 to make the medal round.

But there was disappointment elsewhere as Pinki Jangra (48kg) went down to world No 2 Svetlana Gnevanova of Russia 11-13.

In the 81kg division, former World champion RL Jenny lost 11-18 to Hungary's Timea Nagy.

In the 64kg category, Meena Rani lost to American Mikaela Mayer 10-27.

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