Mary Kom Forced To "settle" For Bronze, Manju Rani Reaches WC Final

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Mary Kom had to settle for a bronze at the Women's World Boxing Championship her controversial semi-final loss against Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey1-4.

Written By Suman Ray | Mumbai | Updated On:

Manju Rani reached the finals on her maiden campaign at the Women's World Boxing Championship while Mary Kom had to settle for bronze after she lost the semi-finals controversially "despite landing more & clean punches."Manju Rani entered the final with a 4-1 victory defeating Thailand's Rakshat in the 48 kg category becoming the first women boxer after 18 years to reach the finals of World Boxing Championship on debut after MC Mary Kom in 2001 had reached the finals.

Other Indian semi-finalists

In other semi-finals, Jamuna Boro (54kg ) lost 5:0 to Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei and Lovlina losses 2:3 and ends her campaign with a consecutive Bronze medal in World Boxing Championship.
India raised a yellow card for Lovlina's bout *R1) but technical observer turned down the protest citing consistency of scores with the judges. Hence our protest was not accepted. With this, India settled with/won 3 bronze medals - MC  Marykom (51 kg), Jamuna Boro (54 kg) and Lovlina (69 kg) all losing their semi-finals while Manju Rani (48 kg) reached the finals at the Women's World Boxing  Championship on Saturday.

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Was Mary Kom cheated?

Despite losing the semi-final, Mary Kom became the most decorated and successful boxer (men/women) in the history of World  Championship when she lost the semi-finals and clinched the bronze, though the result was anything but controversial. In a split verdict, Mary lost 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in the semi-finals to clinch the bronze in the Women's World Boxing Championship in Ulan Ude, Russia today. India had raised a Yellow Card but as per AIBA's instruction in a Team meeting this morning; it was informed that protests will be granted only if scores read 3:2/3:1. Our appeal to protest was hence turned down and the Yellow Card was not accepted by the technical committee. The result will stand the same; Mary Kom ends her campaign in the 2019 edition with a Bronze medal.

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Mary had clearly dominated the first round and was at even-par on the other round landing more & clean punches on her opponent. But the judges differed in their opinion and finally, 1:4 decision was given in favour of her Turkish opponent. Mary Kom still made an appointment with the history and rewritten it by clinching 8th World Championship medal. The Manipuri legend had targetted an unprecedented eighth final gold overall. The four-medal haul has put India at the third position out of the 51 countries that participated in this tournament with Russia leading with 6 medals, followed by China at 5.

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