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Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom goes down by split decision

Last updated on: July 29, 2021 17:36 IST

IMAGE: India's C Mary Kom was beaten 2-3 by Colombia's Ingrit Valencia in the Olympics boxing women's 51kg Round of 16 bout, in Tokyo, on Thursday. Photograph: Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images

Six-time World champion M C Mary Kom's pursuit of a second Olympics medal ended in the pre-quarter-finals of the Tokyo Games as she went down to 2016 edition's bronze-medallist Ingrit Valencia in a fiercely-fought 51 kg showdown, in Tokyo, on Thursday.


The 38-year-old Indian boxing legend, a multiple-time Asian champion and a bronze-winner from the 2012 London Olympics, lost to the Colombian 2-3 in a Round of 16 bout.

Three judges ruled in Valencia's favour as she prevailed 30-27, 29-28, 27-30, 29-28, 28-29.

Mary Kom had tears in her eyes and a wide smile on her face when the referee raised Valencia's hand at the end of the bout, exhausted after the intense clash.

IMAGE: India's M C Mary Kom after losing her  pre-quarter-final bout. Photograph: Luis Robayo/Pool/Getty Images

The way Valencia rushed in when the first bell rang, it was quite obvious that the bout would be high voltage and it was exactly how it turned out to be.

The two were attacking each other from word go and Valencia grabbed the upper-hand when she clinched the opening round 4-1.

The Manipuri veteran fought back to claim the second and the third rounds by 2-3 margins, but the slender edge that Valencia took in the opening round tilted the final scores in her favour.

IMAGE: It was the Colombian's first career win over Mary Kom. Photograph: Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images

The Indian landed her right hooks to perfection in the second and third rounds.

She had earlier beaten Valencia in the 2019 World Championships quarter-finals. 

Thursday's victory is the Colombian's first over the Indian icon.

Like Mary Kom, the 32-year-old Valencia is a trailblazer for her country.

She is the first female boxer to represent Colombia at the Olympic Games, as well as the nation's first female boxer to win an Olympic medal.

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