Big Heartbreak for India: Mary Kom loses in Olympics 2020 after 3-2 split decision

Mary Kom Facts

India legendary boxer Mary Kom inspired a lot of youngsters in India to take up the beautiful sport of boxing for the generation to come.  Six-time World Champion  MC Mary Kom(51 Kg) pursuit of the second medal ended in the pre-quarterfinal round of the Tokyo Games against the Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ingrit Valencia in a nail-bitting showdown on Thursday.

Mary Kom Facts

However, the result has irked a lot of Indian fans as Mary Kom won out of three rounds but 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 scoreline was still in favour of Valencia.

The 38-year-old Bronze medalist from Manipur in London Olympics is also a multiple-time Asian Champion who had tears in her eyes when her result was announced but eventually spread a smile on her face after Valencia was decided the eventual winner by referees.

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 seemed determined to avenge her previous two losses to the icon.

“I don’t understand this scoring system, how did she lose the first round 1-4 when there was hardly anything separating these two,” the national assistant coach and Mary Kom’s personal trainer Chhote Lal Yadav told PTI.

“It is a disappointment but that’s luck I guess,” he added.

However, she had beaten Valencia in the 2019 world Championship quarterfinals.

And if you look at Valencia she has also been a flag bearer for boxing in her country as she became the first boxer from Colombia at the Olympic games as well as the nation’s first female boxer to win an Olympic medal.