Tokyo Olympics: Boxer Mary Kom begins her journey for a medal with a thumping win
India's legendary boxer Mary Kom begins her campaign with 4-1 win over Dominican Republic's Miguelina Hernandez Garcia in Round 32.
The Magnificent Mary Kom beat the Dominican Republic's Miguelina Hernandez Garcia in Round 32 to start her journey with a 4-1 win in Tokyo Olympics.
Competing in the women's flyweight 52KG category, the 38-year-old Mary led with confidence as she showcased her prowess of experience over the Dominican Republic boxer.
Mary started off slow and went on defending to find a right hook on point against Garcia. The opponent threw punches that often didn't land and Mary Kom was on [pint with her right jabs. Both the southpaws fought with their might. However, a defensive stance and quick right hooks helped her to lead in a split decision of 3-2 after the first round.
Mary started off with an attacking stance in round 2 and it led to consecutive exchanging of punches. Mary tried to control the centre of the ring and sought an opportunity to make continuous hooks. Three judges gave 10 points to Mary at the end of Round 2 as well and Mary won 3-2.
She showed her class in Round 3, where she landed quick successive jabs on Garcia right during the opening seconds. Just 1-minute remaining in the game, Mary's combination punches wreaked havoc on Garcia. The right jab-left cross continued and Mary did exactly the right thing she needed to do.
"It has been very painful, the last couple of years, for everybody because of the pandemic and everything shut down. We are all suffering the same problem and every athlete has to train at home, but for us boxers, we need a training partner," Mary Kom said in the mixed zone after her triumph.
"I am so lucky, I could set up a little gym with equipment and a bag, but the only thing missing was a sparring partner which is the most important for the eye contact and everything," she added about the challenges building up to the Games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I have all the medals in my hand. Olympic medal (bronze) from 2012, Commonwealth Games gold, six-time gold at world championships. It's not easy to count them, but the difficult part is continuously winning and performing, it's not easy," she said to PTI.. "What is left is the Olympic gold medal. That is what is driving me and pushing me to carry on. I am trying my best, if I am able to get it then I will be so grateful, but if not then I will still be so happy for all the medals I have won in the past," she added.
In Round of 16, Mary is going to meet Colombian boxer Ingrit Valencia on July 29.