Boxing legend MC Mary Kom bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics as she lost her Round of 16 Match in the 48-51 kg flyweight category on July 29.
Mary Kom was overpowered by Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia in their Round of 16 match on July 29. Valencia had won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
Valencia won 3-2 in split decisions. Six-time world champion and London Olympics bronze medallist, Mary Kom could not come better against the 32-year-old Colombian.
Mary Kom had actually won two of the three rounds
The Indian trailed 4-1 in the opening round with four of the five judges scoring it 10-9 in favour of Valencia.
In the next two rounds, Mary Kom got three of the five judges to rule in her favour but the overall score line was still in favour of Valencia.
The Manipuri clinched the third round too but once again, it was 3-2 and not 4-1 which is what she needed to swing the final score in her favour.
“I don’t know what happened, I thought in the first round, we were both trying to figure out our strategies and I won the next two,” said the perplexed legend after the bout.
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.
Mary Kom, unseeded at Tokyo 2020, is positioned no. 7 in the world in the 51 kg class while third-seed Ingrit Valencia is positioned no. 11.
The last time the two met, Mary Kom beat Ingrit Valencia 5:0 in the quarter-finals of the 2019 big showdowns in Yekaterinburg, Russia.