Asian Games boxing: Mary Kom goes down in semis for bronze (Lead)

November 24th, 2010 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Guangzhou, Nov 24 (IANS) India’s gold medal hope MC Mary Kom lost to Ren Cancan of China 7-11 in the semifinals and settled for a women’s boxing bronze at the Asian Games here Wednesday.

Mary Kom, a five-time world champion, trailed from the start against Ren in the 48-51 kg category. Ren, the world champion in the 51kg, opened up a 3-1 lead before Mary Kom narrowed it down to 3-4 after the second round.

The Chinese, however, dominated the third round, scoring three points to Mary Kom’s 1 to move ahead. Ren was as good with her defence as she was with her attack and that frustrated Mary Kom, who desperately searched for a opening to land her punches. Ren, however, gave her no room and counter-punched with great effect to take the fight beyond the Indian.

Another Indian, Kavita Goyat, also settled for a bronze after losing her semifinals bout to Jinzi Li of China.

Goyat lost 1-5 to in the 69-75 kg weight category.

The Chinese opened up a 3-1 lead in the first round and added two more points in the fourth and final round, even as Kavita failed to score any point.

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