Mary Kom loses, dreams of going to Rio Olympics shattered

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Indian Woman boxer MC Mary Kom’s hopes of a second successive Olympic appearance were dashed on 21 May in the second round of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

She lost 0-2 to Azize Nimani of Germany in the second round for the upcoming Rio Games. Earlier, Mary Kom (51kg) had won the bronze medal in the London Olympics in 2012.

In an exciting match, the Indian boxer took off forcefully, but Nimani kept her at bay by fighting from a distance. The German hardly attempted any attack on the five-time world champion  in the opening session, but connected a few counter-jabs to take the edge.

The Indian continued in the same mien in the second round too, but failed to get the judges’ approval, who ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.

Mary Kom threw herself aggressively at the German, whose punching was far from clean. Irritated by Nimani’s defensive tactics, Mary Kom threw herself at her, looking to connect.

However, the attack failed and Nimani was declared winner on a split vote.