Mary Kom‘s Tokyo Olympics campaign has come to an end in the round of 16. Kom went down to third seed Colombian Ingrit Valencia with a split decision of 3-2 going against her. It was an enthralling fight with two Olympic bronze medalist facing off but it was Valencia, the more aggressive of the pair who got over the line.
The Colombian came charging at Mary and was the dominant performer in the first round. Valencia’s aggression gave her an edge in the match. While the six-time World Champion came roaring back in the second round, it wasn’t enough for Kom to get over the line.
End of the road for Mary Kom
The final round saw both the boxers play safe while the Indian should have been on the offense. Kom seemed out of gas in the final round and that very well was the difference between a quarterfinal berth and an early exit. Despite a subdued final round, it was a very close game between two of the best in the business.
While it is heartbreaking to see Kom make an early exit in her final Olympic appearance, one has to hand her the credit of stepping up on the big stage and for all, she has achieved for the nation. No matter what, she remains one of the greatest the sport has seen.
Women’s boxers Pooja Rani and Lovlina Borgohain have booked a place in the quarters and will be looking add another medal to India’s tally with a win. Satish Kumar won his maiden Tokyo Olympics bout with ease earlier in the day as he rushed to an easy win over Jamaica’s Ricardo Brown in the Round of 16 match.