Mary Kom crashes out with Worlds bronze, historic 8th medal

Disappointed Mary Kom questions decision after bowing out of World Championships

Disappointed Mary Kom questions decision after bowing out of World Championships

Indian star boxer Mary Kom on Saturday settled for a bronze medal at the ongoing Women's World Boxing Championships after going down against Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in the semi-final bout of the 51kg category in Ulan Ude in Russian Federation. The European was quick on her feet and forced Mary Kom into going on the defensive.

Both the boxers were reluctant to make the first move in the opening round.

Mary Kom, seeded third, lost 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist.

The judges' points at the end stood 29-28, 27-30, 28-29, 28-29, 27-30 in Busenaz's favour.

India protested and appealed to take another look at the bout.

A disappointed Mary Kom took to Twitter to question the referee.

Earlier on Thursday, Kom assured herself of at least a bronze medal at the 2019 World Boxing Championships after booking her place in the semi-finals with a 5-0 unanimous decision victory over Rio Olympic bronze-medallist Ingrit Valencia Colombia.

Before Saturday's loss, the only time Mary Kom had a medal of a lesser colour than gold was in 2001 when she had to accept defeat in the final.

Meanwhile, it is also Kom's first World Championships medal in the 51kg flyweight category-the one chosen for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo- and not in her general weight category of 48kg.

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