Imphal: Six-time world champion woman boxer MC Mary Kom is now eyeing for her second innings at the Olympics after her spectacular performance on Sunday. The 37-year-old pugilist from Manipur advanced to the quarterfinals at the ongoing Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan from March 3 to 11.
Mary Kom, who is a London Olympics bronze medallist, advanced to the quarterfinals after an easy win over New Zealand’s Tasmyn Benny in the first round with a 5-0 score in the under-51 kg category.
According to reports, Mary Kom outperformed the Kiwi boxer with her sharp reflexes and a superior counter-attacking game technique in her opening bout.
The veteran boxer now needs one more victory to fulfill her sights for qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 for a second time. This could also be her last appearance at the Games. It is also one step away towards ‘closing her dream with a medal’.
Mary Kom would soon face Irish Magno of Philippines, a veteran of four world championships and also a silver medalist at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
With Mary Kom’s win, 11 Indian boxers, including Amit Panghal (52kg) have now advanced to the quarterfinals at the ongoing tournament.
So far, as per reports, four Indian boxers, including Ashish Kumar (75kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg), have booked their berth at the Tokyo Olympics.