Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom Wins The Opening Bout, Marks Pre-Quarterfinals
Amid the opening game, Mary Kom powered up in the ring while facing her rival Miguelina Hernandez Garcia. She sustained the win by 4-1 against Miguelina, who is a Pan American Games bronze-medallist.
After a remarkable opening day, the winning streak continued for India on the Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics. Yes! Making her way into the pre-quarterfinals, six-time world champion Mary Kom scored big in the opening round. On Sunday, the 38-year-old boxer defeated Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez Garcia in the first round. Displaying some great tactics, Mary Kom championed the game with a challenging fight. And thus, she initiated her Tokyo campaign with a noteworthy win.
Amid the opening game, Mary Kom powered up in the ring while facing her rival Miguelina Hernandez Garcia. She sustained the win by 4-1 against Miguelina, who is a Pan American Games bronze-medallist. During the first round, both the boxers scrutinized each other’s tactics. And from the beginning of the second round, Miguelina who is 15-year junior to Mary Kom gave the veteran a tough fight with her aggressive punches.
However, Mary Kom gave a gripping conclusion in the final three minutes, taking a great hold over the game. Now, the 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist will be facing the Columbian boxer Ingrit Valencia in the pre-quarterfinals
On the other hand, boxer Manish Kaushik crashed out of Tokyo Games after losing against Luke McCormack in the men’s lightweight 63kg category. Though Manish gave a decent fight, his Britain rival put up a challenging game. McCormack won the game with a mark of 4-1, entering the pre-quarterfinals.
Talking about other major highlights of Day 2, the Indian hockey team was knocked out by the Australian side. The latter won the game with a huge lead of 7-1. Also, in the shooting arena, Manu Bhaker suffered a fallback in the 10m air pistol round. The pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina was beaten in the opening round of Tennis.
Apart from Mary Kom, badminton star PV Sindhu and paddler Manika Batra registered wins for India. Sindhu and Batra have qualified for the next rounds of their respective games. Though Day 2 remained medal-less for India, the advancements in few games have been impressive.
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