Rio box­ing dreams Koed: Mary Kom, Sarita Devi fail to qual­ify

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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

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