Monday, September 26, 2022

Mary Come sign with silver medal at the Asian Boxing Championships

Express News Service

DUBAI: There was a hint of disbelief in the face of MC Mary Come when the referee raised her opponent’s hand, signaling the winner to a gripping final. Mary’s Kazakhstan opponent Nazym Kyzaibay, 11 years younger than the six – time world champion, immediately walks up to Mary and gives her a usual hug.

Before they did, Mary nodded and admitted perhaps that it was very close, but not close enough to earn a gold medal.

In the long-awaited 51kg Asian Championships on Sunday in Dubai, Mary Kom made a moderate start.

A physical sport for a layman’s eyes, but the first run was more about intelligence. Both boxers tried to investigate each other’s play, trying to find the opening and gain an early advantage.

With the focus on the laser, Mary – who was able to score some solid hits – was not prepared to let her down, but Kyzaibay, who also had her blows against her more famous rival.

The second round would probably be an even bigger test. At the age of 38, Mary does not get younger and they enter the competition. She’s had a few competitions in a year or so. Kyzaibay seems to have taken note of that while she was looking like the attacker and testing Maria’s endurance – who was still dancing around the ring.

While the Kazakh boxer stands firm and puts sustained pressure, it looks like Mary is on the back foot towards the end. Nevertheless, Mary held on, did not lose her composure, and remained in the game.

The Kazakh boxer maintained good rhythm in the final round and was able to withstand the pressure of Mary, who apparently felt she was behind. In the end, the judges scored 3-2 (split verdict) in favor of the Kazakh boxer.

“I’m happy with Mary’s actions. The result is not important, though I’m sure she would like to win. Mary and the entire team entered this event with only a few weeks of training, overcoming many hurdles. Let’s focus on Tokyo now, ”said Raffaele Bergamasco, director of women’s achievements in India.

By the way, this is the Manipur veteran’s second silver in the competition.

Gold for Pooja

Pooja Rani (75kg), who made her first appearance in the running edition, sent off Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan 5-0 to win India’s first gold medal in the running edition.

In 2019, Pooja won gold in the 81 kg category.

Last men standing

Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg), the three finalists in the men’s division from India, will finish on a high on Monday.

Thapa enters the final on an impressive victory over top-seeded and defending champion Bakhodov Usmonov. But the focus will be on the Olympic Panghal, which will take on the well-known rival Shakhobidin Zoirov from Uzbekistan.

Results (Final):

Mary Kom (51 kg) lost 2-3 to N Kyzainay (KAZ); Lalbuatsaihi (64 kg) lost 2-3 to M Safronova (KAZ); Pooja Rani (75 kg) bt Mavluda Movlonova (UZB) 5-0; Anupama (+81 kg) lost 2-3 to L Kungeibayeva (KAZ).

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