Rio boxing dreams Koed: Mary Kom, Sarita Devi fail to qualify
CHANDIGARH: There will be no ‘ Magnificent Mary’ at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Mary Kom — a five-time world champion, Olympic bronze medalist and the face of women’s boxing in India — lost her last chance to qualify for the Games on Saturday, losing her secondround 51kg bout to German Azize Nimani at the worlds in Astana, Kazakhstan.
In a double blow, f ellow Manipuri Sarita Devi (60kg) was knocked out of contention by Mexico’s Victoria Torres at the same event. Both women needed a semi-final finish to get their ticket to Rio.
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MC Mary Kom (left), Laishram Sarita Devi: Double blow