- Mary Kom is 38, and the Tokyo Olympics, by all evaluations, are among the legend’s last ventures in the boxing ring.
- Garcia was nearly shocked at the savagery of Kom’s assaults in the Third Round.
Mary Kom is 38, and the Tokyo Olympics, by all evaluations, are among the legend’s last ventures in the boxing ring. However, on the off chance that age has diminished any of her fire, it was not perceivable when the six-time titleholder confronted a rival 15 years more youthful.
On Sunday, she took the first Round to examine her adversary in the Round of 32, Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez Garcia, remained steadfast under some weighty punching in the second and obliterated Garcia in the third.
Then, she fixed the session 4-1 against the Pan American Games bronze medallist to enter the Round of 16 in ladies flyweight (51kg).
The coordinators put forth an age line of 40 for fighters at the Games and reached out to it 41 after the pandemic constrained the Games to be delayed by a year. As a result, Kom is perhaps the most seasoned contender this year.
“Tokyo will be my last Olympics. Age matters here. I’m 38 now, going on 39. Four (three) additional years is quite a while,” Mary had told the Olympic Channel before the Games.
The lone thing Kom displayed of her age in the principal session was the experience. In the first round, she kept a low watchman and captivated her rival without burning through a lot of effort assaulting.
However, she did what’s needed to get three of the five adjudicators to administer in support of herself. Garcia, 23, increased the hostility in the Second Round. Yet, Kom impeded, bounced and weaved out of a large portion of the whirlwind of punches tossed at her and associated rather with a couple of very much estimated counters of her own. Kom won the Round.
At this point, the fighter was heated up, not worn out. Garcia was nearly shocked at the savagery of Kom’s assaults in the third Round – low thrusting pokes that came from under Garcia’s sightline, snares that came at foggy paces and landed square on her Garcia’s cap.
Kom’s broadly quick blends were as quick as could be expected, and her footwork looked as sharp as it did at London 2012, where she won the bronze.
“It has been extremely difficult, the most recent few years, for everyone, due to the pandemic. We are largely enduring a similar issue, and each competitor needs to prepare at home, yet we need a preparation accomplice for us fighters,” Mary Kom said after her victory.
“I’m so fortunate, and I could set up a little exercise centre with hardware and a sack. However, the lone thing missing was a fighting accomplice, which is generally significant for the eye to eye connection and everything.”
In the pre-quarterfinals, Mary will confront a harder test in third-cultivated Colombian Ingrid Valencia, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games. In any case, Kom has confronted her twice previously and won them multiple times, incorporating most as of late in the 2019 World Championship quarter-finals.
“I have every one of the decorations. Olympic decoration (bronze) from 2012, Commonwealth Games gold, six-time gold at big showdowns. It isn’t easy to check them. However, the troublesome part is consistently winning and playing out. It’s difficult,” Kom said after the battle.
“What is left is the Olympic gold decoration. That is the thing that is driving me and pushing me to continue. I’m making an honest effort. On the off chance that I am ready to get it, I will be so thankful, however assuming not, I will, in any case, be so glad for every one of the awards I have won previously.”