MC Mary Kom on Monday created history as she assured India its fourth Olympic medal after winning her quarterfinal boxing bout against Maroua Rahali of Tunisia by 15-6 margin in the women’s 51 kg category here.
The five-time world champion and the face of women’s boxing in India for the past decade has now been assured of at least a bronze medal in the inaugural edition of women’s boxing in the Games.
Today, she would become the first women boxer from India to lift an Olympics medal.
Jharkhand boxing coach Ajit Kumar Singh today said five-time world women boxing champion M C Mary Kom will prove a hard nut to crack for Great Britain’s Nicola Adams when they lock horns in the semifinals of the ongoing London Olympics on Wednesday.
“I had been with her for over a month at a camp held in Patiala, where the 29-year-old Manipuri boxer was undergoing training for London Games in February-March last, and I know she will not accept defeat till the last moment irrespective of how strong her rival be,” Singh, a former National Games champion in lightweight (60 kgs) category, said.
Apart from her flawless technique, excellent footwork and powerful punches, the most needed quality Mary has is her temperament, which has helped her to rise continuously, Singh, who had won gold medal in 1994 Pune National Games, said.
Nicola Adams would prove to be a tough competitor for the Indian, the bundle of energy exclaimed, “She is a terrific champion,” Adams said, “and it’s going to be tough. But I’m going to have the height and reach advantage and will try to use all my attributes.”
However, coach of Nicola Adams, Rob McCracken was confident of Adams capabilities, he says, “It is a big, big fight. Mary Kom is a tremendous boxer and it is going to be a difficult bout. But Nicola is bigger than her and if she performs like she did in her last bout, then she will do it.”...
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