Five-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom failed to qualify for the upcoming Rio Olympics after losing in second round of the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships in Astana on Saturday. Her dream to qualify for the second successive olympic is now over.
Mary Kom (51kg), who was a bronze-medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, lost 0-2 to Germany’s Azize Nimani in the second round of the championship.
Mary Kom took off aggressively and continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, but it was the defence and counter-attacks of Nimani to take the lead in the match and victorious in the end.
The tournament is the final qualifying event for women boxers in the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg and has 12 Rio tickets on offer. However, Sarita Devi (60 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg) are the other two Indian boxers on which we can hope.