Updated: May 19, 2012 19:22 IST

Mary Kom qualifies for London Olympics

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A file photo of M.C. Mary Kom
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A file photo of M.C. Mary Kom

Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) on Friday added another feather to her cap by becoming the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the London Olympics, despite being on the sidelines after losing in the quarterfinals of the World Championships here.

The 29—year—old Manipuri, who would be returning without a medal from the mega—event for the first time since its inception in 2001, made the cut after her quarterfinal nemesis Nicola Adams of England defeated Russia’s Elena Savelyeva 11—6 in the semifinals on Friday.

“Olympic slot confirmed finally! I am so happy,” Mary told PTI.

“I saw the bout. I know the Russian was not very good, but I am a bit sad as well because I won’t have a medal around my neck this time,” added the reigning Asian champion.

“A medal is very important to me. I am happy with the qualification, but I am very upset at not getting a medal.”

Women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in London in three weight categories - 51kg, 60kg and 75kg - and the ongoing world championships are the first and the only qualifying event for the quadrennial extravaganza.

In Mary Kom’s division, one slot had been taken by China’s Asian Games gold—medallist Ren Cancan, who is in the final now.

The other slot was to be decided between Mary Kom and North Korea’s Hye Kim. While Mary Kom had lost to world number two Adams, Kim had gone down to Savelyeva in the quarterfinals.

The winner of the Savelyeva—Adams bout was to decide the second slot for Asia and luckily for the Indian, the result went her way.

“I was not tense before today’s bout. There was no point in worrying about something that was not in my hands. I only thought about God. God has seen my struggle, and I knew my hard work would not go waste just because of one loss,” she said.

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Good luck and all the best Mary. Train harder and be the best. We are
proud of you. You are a real star. We pray you will return from London
with Olympic medal. God bless you!

from:  Garcia Madero
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 00:18 IST

Bring us Gold, Mary Kom!

from:  Hariprasad
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 23:48 IST

Yes Mary you can win medal at London. Why not, you are iron willed and hard.
Congratulations and good luck to you. And I just wish Indian Government should deal
Woman Boxing in more pragmatic way and dont inspire another director to make Pan
Singh Tomar.

Best wishes for you Mary


from:  RISHI RAJ
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 23:44 IST

I was bit worried yesterday when she was defeated in quarters. Great relief after seeing this news....All the very best Mary, we are waiting to see a Olympic medal around your neck....

from:  Tulasi Ram
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 22:59 IST

Congratulations Mary . Way to go . Wish you good luck for the Olympics.

from:  ChitreshPandey
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 22:56 IST

Congratulations to Mary.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 22:37 IST

All the best! - I am ashamed that I am not aware of so many sports persons and sports events happening around..Wish you all the best!

from:  Sekhar
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 22:23 IST

Good Luck!! I am sure you will win gold in Olympics and many more in coming years. Your hard work will pay.

from:  Ekta Amar
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 22:02 IST

There is too much hype around her which probably affects her. She should
be given some space to perform.

from:  Raja
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 19:56 IST

Many Congrats. We all sincerely wish you return back from London Olympics with
Gold medals..

from:  Foz
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 19:04 IST
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