Mary Kom loses in semis, questions decision

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 12, 2019

Boxer Mary Kom bowed out of World Championships 2019 after losing her 51kg semifinal bout against Turkey's European Champion Busenaz Cakiroglu via a split verdict 1:4 at Ulan-Ude, in Russian Federation, on Saturday.

In a fiercely contested bout, Mary Kom delivered timely punches and looked on course of winning her first gold in the 51-kg division.

Both boxers started confidently, but Cakiroglu started to dominate in the second round.

India did appeal the decision but it was turned down.

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During the fight, both the boxers seemed hesitant to make the first move in the opening round but Mary Kom had the edge in counter-attacks as Cakiroglu struggled to make her height advantage count. However, the verdict in Mary Kom's match read 4:1 and hence the yellow card was not accepted by the technical committee.

A disappointed Mary Kom took to Twitter to question the referee. Tagging Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mary Kom wrote: "How and why".

Earlier on Thursday, Kom assured herself of at least a bronze medal at the 2019 World Boxing Championships after booking her place in the semi-finals with a 5-0 unanimous decision victory over Rio Olympic bronze-medallist Ingrit Valencia Colombia. This is the eight Worlds medal for the Indian pugilist, as she adds a bronze medal to her previous tally of six gold and a silver.

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