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India at Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom bows out of the Tokyo Olympics

LockerRoom Team
29 July 2021

Indian boxer Mary Kom bowed out of the Olympics after a close defeat to Ingrit Valencia of Colombia in the Round of 16. 

Valencia was aggressive from the starting bell itself and was chasing the Indian who remained calm despite the pressure from her opponent. The Colombian had some success with her jab when Kom managed to move in and out of the pocket and land occasionally. At the end of the first round, four judges ruled in favor of Valencia when one judge gave the round to Kom. 

Kom had her fair share of swings in the second round and was met with swift resistance from Valencia as well. When the scores were revealed after the round, it proved to be an almost even scoring making the third round a crucial one. Both boxers went for the win in the third and had their moments. In the end, the fight was ruled in favor of Valencia with a close score of 3-2

Earlier today, Satish Kumar progressed into the quarter-finals of the Super Heavyweight category with a win over Ricardo Brown of Jamaica via a split decision. Lovlina Borgohain and Pooja Rani had also secured their spots in the quarter-finals earlier after securing wins in their respective matches.

Satish started on a strong note and secured a clean sweep in the first round as all judges scored in favor of the Indian. Brown had some success in the opening minutes of the second round with his left hooks but ended up getting warned by the referee for using the side of the gloves.

The Jamaican then found some success with body shots as well before the referee stopped the fight due to a head butt. Satish also had some moments of his own in the round which gave him the round. With two rounds in his favor, Satish took the safe route in the third round and went in defense mode to sail through into a split decision win.

Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar, and Manish Kaushik, meanwhile, bowed out of the tournament when Simranjit Kaur and Amit Panghal will be in action in the coming days. Vikas, who was in action on Day 1 went down to SQM Okazawa of Japan in the Round of 32 when Manish lost to Luke McCormack of Great Britain.

Top seed Amit Panghal will be in action on Saturday 31 July 2021 at 7:30 AM IST when he fights Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia in the round of 16. Simranjit Kaur will be going up against S Seesondee of Thailand on Friday, 30 July 2021 at 8:18 AM in the Lightweight category.

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