Mary Kom fails to qualify for this year’s Rio Olympics

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Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom’s dream to represent Indian in this year’s Rio Olympics crashed on Saturday after she went down in the second round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships here.

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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 an event from where only the semifinalists would make the cut for the upcoming Rio Games.

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A PTI report said that though Mary Kom had started aggressively but Nimani managed to keep her at bay by fighting from a distance.

What would really hurt Kom was that Nimani hardly attempted any attack on the Indian in the opening two minutes but managed to connect a few counter-jabs to take the initial edge.

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Mary Kom continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, connected much better but failed to get the judges’ nod, who again ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.

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Gaining in confidence, Nimani stuck to her gameplan and forced Mary Kom to let her guard down.

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.

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