How does one end up losing despite winning? Sounds odd? This is what happened to one of India’s greatest sportspersons in her final Olympic outing.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom’s (51kg) pursuit of a second Olympic medal ended in the pre-quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games as she went down to 2016 edition’s bronze-medallist Ingrit Valencia in a fiercely-fought showdown here on Thursday.
The funny part, Mary Kom had actually won two of the three rounds.
The Indian trailed 4-1 in the opening round with four of the five judges scoring it 10-9 in favour of Valencia.
In the next two rounds, Mary Kom got three of the five judges to rule in her favour but the overall scoreline was still in favour of Valencia.
The Manipuri clinched the third round too but once again, it was 3-2 and not 4-1 which is what she needed to swing the final score in her favour.
Mary Kom had tears in her eyes and a wide smile on her face when the referee raised Valencia’s hand at the end of the bout, exhausted after the intense clash.
The two were attacking each other from word go and Valencia seemed determined to avenge her previous two losses to the icon.
“I don’t understand this scoring system, how did she lose the first round 1-4 when there was hardly anything separating these two,” national assistant coach and Mary Kom’s personal trainer Chhote Lal Yadav told PTI.
The Indian had earlier beaten Valencia in the 2019 world championship quarterfinals.
She is the first female boxer to have represented Colombia at the Olympic Games, as well as the nation’s first female boxer to win an Olympic medal.