The Bronze medalist of the last London Olympics and the 5-times World Champion, MC Mary Kom’s Olympics dreams are almost over as the Manipuri boxer lost in the second round of the ongoing AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Mary Kom who was eyeing to take part in the 51 KG event at the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016, lost to Germany’s Azize Nimani by 0-2 margin in the second round of Women’s World Boxing Championships, where only the semifinalists would get the ticket for Rio.
Mary Kom started aggressively against Nimani, but the German managed to keep the Indian superwoman at her bay. In the opening two minutes of the exciting contest, Nimani hardly attempted to take the attack to the Indian and managed to throw some counter attacking jabs to take the initial lead.
In the second round too, the Indian boxer maintained her aggression and connected some of her punches well but still failed to impress the judges. The judges eventually ruled the second round in favor of the German on a split decision.
Seeing her defensive strategy working well, Niamni stuck to her game-plan and allowed Mary Kom to attack her. On the other hand, the mother of three children, Mary Kom got frustrated by this move and threw herself aggressively at the German. But her punching was far from clean and failed to yield points for her. At the end of the bout, Nimani was declared the winner on a split vote and the German boxer will now face top seed Davide Marzia of Italy who overcame the challenge of Hungary’s Katalin Ancsin.
Though Mary Kom lost the bout, but there is still a ray of hope for her to qualify for the Rio Olympics. If the Gold and Bronze medalist winner of the Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympics Qualification Tournament, China’s Ren Cancan and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu-ting finish with a medal at the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Nicolas Jomard, the Senior Manager Corporate & Media Relations of AIBA commented to the pressers, “Right now she (Mary) has not qualified. The only possibility for her to qualify is if No. 1 (Ren Cancan) and No. 3 (Lin Yu-ting) from the Asia/Oceania Olympics tournament finish with a medal in Astana,”