Tokyo: Veteran Indian boxer MC Mary Kom has made a great start to her Olympic campaign and has made it to the next round. She defeated Miguelina Hernandez Garcia of Dominica Republic 4-1 in the flyweight category round-32 match.
Veteran Indian boxer MC Mary Kom has made a great start to her Olympic campaign and has made it to the next round. On Sunday, she defeated Miguelina Hernandez Garcia of the Republic of Dominica 4-1, 15 years her junior, in a round-32 match of the 51kg flyweight category. Mary Kom’s next match will be on July 29. She will take on Colombia’s third seed Ingrit Valencia, who is the 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist.
In the first two rounds of the match, Mary Kom thought it appropriate to play a little defensively and threw punches as needed. On the other hand, Garcia tried to box aggressively. During this several times the referee had to be asked to separate on some occasions.
In the third and final round, Mary Kom, showing an aggressive game, hit some great punches. The Dominican boxer also tried to attack, but it was not enough to win the match. While four judges rated Mary Kom’s performance better, only the second judge ruled in Garcia’s favour. Garcia is the bronze medalist of the Pan American Games.
Mary Kom was given 30 marks by the first judge, 28 by the second, 29 by the third, 30 by the fourth and 29 by the fifth judge. At the same time, the first judge gave 27 points to Garcia, 29 to the second, 28 to the third.
Mary Kom, who hails from Manipur, is the only Indian female boxer to win an Olympic medal. Mary Kom won a bronze medal in the 51 kg flyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics. The 38-year-old star boxer is also expected to win a medal in Tokyo.
Mary Kom qualified for Tokyo by reaching the semi-finals of the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifiers held in March 2020. Second seed Mary Kom achieved the feat by defeating Irish Magno of the Philippines 5-0 in the quarter-finals. However, Mary Kom lost to Chinese boxer Yuan Chang in the semi-finals of this tournament, due to which she had to be content with the bronze medal.