Mary Kom loses in 51 kg semi-final, settles for bronze

Mary Kom settled for a bronze after going down 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu in the 51kg division

Mary Kom settled for a bronze after going down 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu in the 51kg division

Boxer Mary Kom bowed out of World Championships 2019 after losing her 51kg semifinal bout against Turkey's European Champion Busenaz Cakiroglu via a split verdict 1:4 at Ulan-Ude, in Russian Federation, on Saturday.

Mary Kom settled for a bronze after going down 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu in the 51kg division.

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

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.

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

Following the match, a disappointed Mary Kom took to Twitter to question the decision. As per rules, a protest can only be heard if the scoreline reads 3:2/3:1. Besides six world titles, Mary Kom's incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other worldwide top finishes. Tagging Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Mary Kom wrote: "How and why".

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.

Besides six world titles, Mary Kom's incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other global top finishes.

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