Tokyo Olympics 2020: Legendary Mary Kom’s dream of winning a medal was shattered, out of the Olympics

Legendary boxer MC Mary Kom (51kg)’s dream of winning a second Olympic medal was shattered on Thursday. She lost 2-3 to Rio Olympic bronze medalist Ingrit Valencia in the pre-quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games. Multiple-time Asian champion and 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist, Mary Kom gave her best in this challenging bout, but she could not progress. This will be the last Olympic bout of the 38-year-old great boxer.

When the referee raised Valencia’s hand at the end of the match, Mary Kom had tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. The manner in which Valencia ran after the first bell, it seemed that this match was going to be tough and it happened.

Both the boxers were punching each other from the beginning, but Valencia dominated the opening round 4-1.
Experienced boxer from Manipur, Mary Kom made a spectacular comeback to win the second and third rounds 3-2. But Valesia was successful in winning this match due to the early round lead. The Indian boxer used the right ‘hook’ very well in the second and third rounds.

Mary Kom has previously defeated Valencia in the quarterfinals of the 2019 World Championship. This is Colombian boxer’s first win over Mary Kom.

Ingrit Lorena Valencia Victoria

Like Mary Kom, 32-year-old Valencia is also a very important player for her country. She is the first female boxer to represent her country at the Olympic Games and the first female boxer to win an Olympic medal for the country.

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