London: Former world champion Mary Kom remained content with a bronze when she lost to Nicola Adams from Great Britain 6-11 in the semi final of the women Flyweight category (48-51 kg) in London Olympics at Excel center here Wednesday.
Mary Kom, however will receive the bronze medal having reached the semi final stage. Unlike in other events, both the losing semi finalists are awarded bronze in boxing.
Mary Kom, the 29 year old and mother of two children, raised a big hope for India earlier reaching the semi final on Monday. But several times world title holder pugilist from Manipur failed to live up to the expectations Wednesday as she trailed in all the four rounds of the bout.
Mary Kom after the bout said, “I tried my best. I am sorry that I could not fulfil the aspirations of my country of winning a gold."
"However I am to some extent happy that I could at least get a medal when the women boxing was included for the first time here. I am sure this would give a boost to the women boxing in India and particularly in Manipur where many felt that after having two children I am finished."
On her opponent Mary Kom said, "She is stronger and very clever. She was very good in counter attacks.”
Mary Kom felt she should have got more points than her rival in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. "Whenever I was punching her the judges were pressing the buttons”, she added.
Asked whether she would also fight in the next Olympics at Rio, the woman boxer said she would definitely try adding “before that there would be Asian Games and World Championship.”
The first round saw Mary Kom, the current world number four sluggish and her punches were also not reaching the targets. She trained Nicola, silver medallist in last world championship, 1-3.
Stung by the reverse, the Indian went all out in the next two rounds, but stronger and faster Nicola evaded her punches intelligently and earned points from quick counter punches to score 2-1 and 3-2 in those rounds respectively.
With just one more round to go and having forced a lead of four points, the British boxer overcame the strong challenge from Mary Kom to lead the fourth round 3-2 and clinch the issue by 11-6 points to enter the final.
Commenting on her victory, Adams said “I have been training since I was 12 years old. I am nearly there now which makes me so happy”.
India have one more boxer Devendra Singh in the fray. Devendra later Wednesday night will meet Paddy Barnes of Ireland in the quarter final of men’s 46-49 kg category.