'Magnificent' Mary wins, assured of a medal

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London, Aug 6: "Magnificent" Mary Kom assured herself of a medal when she reached the semi-finals of the women's fly 51kg category at the London Olympics 2012 here on Monday.

The five-time world champion from India, defeated her Tunisian opponent Maroua Rahali 15-6 in the quarter-finals at the ExCeL South Arena 2. Mary will face Great Britain's Nicola Adams in the last-four phase bout on August 8, Wednesday. Nicola beat Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria 16-7.

The losers of both semi-finals will be awarded bronze medals. So Mary is sure of a medal. However, she is capable of going all the way to the gold.

Women's boxing is making its debut in Olympics.

The 29-year-old Mary was yet again on top of her performance as she outclassed her rival. She had 2, 3, 6 and 4 points respectively in the four rounds. Rahale had 1, 2, 1 and 2 points. Mary dominated all the way.

Mary is the third Indian woman to secure an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari (2000 Sydney, bronze) and Saina Nehwal (bronze, London Olympics 2012).

Earlier, Mary had won her Round of 16 bout against Poland's Karolina Michalczuk 19-14 on Sunday.

She had described that win as an "emotional moment" as it came on her twin sons' fifth birthday.

"It is an emotional moment for me as today is my sons' fifth birthday. I am not there to celebrate because I am fighting in the ring. I am looking forward to being with them as this is important," she had said.

"The Polish girl is very strong, but she is a little bit weak technically. If she was good technically no-one could beat her. I beat her because of my experience. I can move back and slip a little bit," she explained.

On being at the London 2012 Olympic Games, she said: "The Olympics are very special. Every athlete works to play at the Olympic Games. This is my 12th year of fighting and I came back out of retirement and changed my weight because I had to take part in the Olympic Games. Luckily, I qualified and today I won."

India's coach Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu had said: "It is a very big day for Indian boxing. She boxed intelligently with good footwork and was scoring and moving."

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