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Indian Boxer Mary Kom Keeps India’s Medal Hope Alive With A Spectacular Win

Previously, Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal and became the second Indian to win a weightlifting medal

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JAPAN. Tokyo: Indian boxer Mary Kom registered a spectacular win against Hernandez Garcia of the Dominican Republic in the opening round of her bout in the 51 kg category. The veteran boxer started her Olympic campaign with a calculated win. Interestingly, the former Olympic medallist and six-time world champion faced a contender who was 15 years younger than her. In the 2012 London Olympics, Kom won a bronze medal. India is now hoping that the champion boxer will win another medal for the country.

Talking about her win, Kom said, “I use experience against young boxers. I learn in every game and it does not matter if I win or lose”, she said.

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The 38-year-old boxer defeated Garcia 4-1 to enter the pre-quarterfinals. The Indian boxer will now face the third-seed Colombian medallist Ingrit Valencia. Valencia won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics four years ago.

“I am just getting started,” were the first words of six-time world champion MC Mary Kom after defeating her 15-year younger opponent in her first match at Olympics 2021. Now, Kom will aim to ace every performance until she gets her hands on the prestigious gold medal.

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While speaking to journalists after her win, Kom was all praise for Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu. Kom hailed Chanu for winning an Olympic silver medal.

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She said that Chanu belongs to the same Indian state as her and that they have come from a very humble background. “We Manipuri’s will never give up. We will keep fighting till the end. I think it is in our genes,” Kom said.

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