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Mary Kom advances into the quarter-finals at london

A new chapter was scripted in Olympic history as women’s boxing – making its debut at the mega event – got underway at the Excel arena on Sunday (5 Aug 2012) in the Games of the XXX Olympiad. On a momentous day for the sport of Women’s boxing, five times World Champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) opened her Olympic campaign registering a hard fought victory over 2012 World Championship bronze medallist Karolina Michalczuk of Poland in the round of 16 of the fly weight division.

Both the boxers made a sturdy start in the first of the four, two minute rounds. The 29 year old from Manipur stuck to fighting from the outside, attacking strongly with her straight right and left jabs. But the Polish girl kept coming back with some strong combinations. At the end of the first round the score was knotted at 3 points apiece. Action continued in the same vein in the second round as well, but Mary, the reigning Asian Champion was able to squeeze in a one point lead (8:7). Kom shifted gears in the penultimate round and went on the offensive; with the help of some good infighting and ring movement she was able to stretch the advantage to 15:10. As fatigue set in both the fighters started to tire. Karolina – a former world champion – still had enough left in her to make things difficult for Mary. But the Indian was not to be denied; she matched her opponent for every punch and sailed into the quarter-finals with a 19:14 victory. In the end it was a comprehensive win for the Mary, who now takes on Maroua Rahali of Tunisia in the quarter-finals on Monday (6 Aug 2012). She just needs one more win and be assured of at least a bronze medal finish. Going by the records Kom should not have much difficulty getting past the Tunisian boxer and advancing into the semi-finals.

India top pugilist in the Men’s event will also be seen in action on Monday (6 Aug 2012) take on his old rival and former World Champion Abbos Atoev from Uzbekistan for a place in the semi-final. Vijender leads 2:1 in the head to head record against the Uzbek boxer.


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