Legendary Mary Kom crashes out of Tokyo 2020 after losing out to Columbia's Ingrit Valencia in a thriller

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 29, 2021 16:26 IST

MC Mary Kom will face off against Ingrit Valencia in the Women's Flyweight Round of 16 clash.


16:26 (IST)29 JUL 2021

That's all from our side at Sportskeeda. This was a thrilling encounter, but the result was unfortunately against India.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Keep following Sportskeeda, and keep supporting team India.

This is Anurag Bansal signing off.
Until next time!

16:24 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Nevertheless, champions never lose. They only come back stronger.
Will Mary Kom return to the Olympics again? Did we witness the champion's last Olympics appearance? We certainly hope not!

16:20 (IST)29 JUL 2021

After what would be termed as nothing short of a stunning fight between the two champions, Columbia's Ingrit Valencia took the game home and will now proceed to the Quarterfinals.

Unfortunately, Mary Kom has crashed out of what is likely to be her final Olympics appearance.

Both boxers started off cautiously, but a sudden lapse of concentration by Mary Kom in the first round put Ingrit Valencia in the driver's seat. She landed a couple of extremely strong punches and took the first round to her name.

Even though Mary Kom fought back brilliantly and won the next two rounds, the margin of victory wasn't enough to take lead.

16:17 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:17 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:16 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:15 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:14 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:13 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:13 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:12 (IST)29 JUL 2021

16:04 (IST)29 JUL 2021

India still has a lot of positives to take from the day today.

It started with Manu Bhaker coming back strong after her previous defeats and moving to the next round in the 25m Pistol event.

The Men's Hockey team followed it up with some brilliance on the field against Argentina and progressed to the next round.

PV Sindhu then got into action and continued the cheer for India by storming her way into the Quarter Finals!

Atanu Das scripted history by defeating the 2012 Olympics Gold medalist in the round of 32. He will join his wife, Deepika Kumar in the round of 16 next.

At the Golf course, Anirban Lahri made India proud by securing 8th place in round 1 of the men's competition

And then it was India's flag bearer, Mary Kom who fought like a true champion.

16:01 (IST)29 JUL 2021

In the end, it was probably that one strong punch by Valencia in Round 1 that made the difference between the two champions.

This is the Olympics. The biggest stage of them all. Every move, every punch, every second counts! Valencia did well to make good use of her chances today.

15:59 (IST)29 JUL 2021

But don't lose heart just yet! India still has 3 boxers in the Quarterfinals and all 3 are worthy contenders for Gold.

15:58 (IST)29 JUL 2021

With this, the legendary Indian boxer, Mary Kom crashes out of Tokyo 2020 in the Round of 16.

Remember: She's 38 years old, and this could well be her last Olympic games.

15:57 (IST)29 JUL 2021

It was 3-2 and couldn't have been more tight!
An absolute thriller of a contest between two champion ladies of the sport. It was the Columbian, Ingrit Valencia who took it home in the end.

15:56 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Final scorecard. Valencia wins by split decision.

15:55 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Absolute brilliance by Mary Kom today irrespective of the result. She showed the world why she's a 6-time World Champion!

15:54 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Mary Kom gives a wide smile and hugs her opponent. The 38-year old champion has certainly given it her all today!

15:54 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Valencia it is!

Mary Kom takes round 3, but her overall score falls just 1 short of her opponent.

15:52 (IST)29 JUL 2021

There's the bell. Who takes it? Mary? Valencia?

This is tight!

15:52 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Both the pugilists are going all out now. Who will emerge?

15:51 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Last 1 minute

15:51 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Stay glued as this fight is still very much on! Absolutely thrilling!

15:50 (IST)29 JUL 2021

What a fight! Two former Bronze medalists giving it their all in this legendary clash.

15:50 (IST)29 JUL 2021

It's now down to the decider. Round 3 begins!

15:49 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Statistics after Round 2

15:49 (IST)29 JUL 2021

MARY KOM it is!!

An extremely close bout, but Mary Kom has it to her name!

15:48 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Last 10 seconds to go. Who will prevail?

15:47 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Looks evenly poised at the moment. 30 seconds to go.

15:47 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Mary Kom is giving it her all. Agile movements, fast hands, and strong punches!

15:46 (IST)29 JUL 2021

This fight is certainly going down to the wire!

Neither of the two refuses to slow down or give up.

15:45 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Round 2 begins. Will Mary bounce back?

15:44 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Ingrit Valencia tales Round 1!

4 judges rule in favour of Valencia, one in favour of Mary Kom.
Stats at the end of Round 1

15:43 (IST)29 JUL 2021

30 seconds to go. Mary Kom is fighting back strongly!

15:43 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Mary Kom takes a strong hit from Valencia! Ouch!

15:42 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Mary Kom seems extremely confident with her moves. She's acting fluidly.

15:42 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Both boxers start slow. They're being very cautious with their moves.
There's a lot at stake for the 2 champions today.

15:41 (IST)29 JUL 2021

The stage is set, helmets are on. Adrenaline is high!
Round 1 begins!

15:40 (IST)29 JUL 2021

6-time World Champion and London 2012 Bronze medalist, Mary Kom walks in to a round of applause!

15:39 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Ingrit Valencia walks in. She's in red!
Mary Kom will be in Blue.

15:38 (IST)29 JUL 2021

The previous bout has ended. Mary Kom time!

It's the Indian boxing legend who will enter the ring now. Will she be able to deliver?

15:35 (IST)29 JUL 2021

There seems to be a slight delay as the previous bout is still going on. But don't go anywhere. Mary Kom will be in action in under 3 minutes from now!

15:33 (IST)29 JUL 2021

India has performed exceedingly well in Boxing thus far. Lovlina Borgohain, Pooja Rani, and Satish Kumar are only 1 win each from securing a medal for the nation.
Mary Kom will join the list if she wins today's bout!

15:21 (IST)29 JUL 2021

About 15 minutes to go!

Mary Kom is only 2 victories away from assuring herself of a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

15:05 (IST)29 JUL 2021

14:51 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Will Mary Kom reign supreme? Let us know in the chat below.

14:49 (IST)29 JUL 2021

The bout starts at 3:36 pm (IST). Stay tuned.
chat-icon Live Chat online
App download animated image Get the free App now