Manju Rani Goes Down Fighting In Final, Takes Home Silver

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2019

I just a matter of ten months, Manju had her fairytale run which took her a long way.

Earlier this year, she won a silver medal on debut at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament, one of Europe's oldest and most competitive boxing events. It was followed by a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria - also her maiden worldwide outing.

But the seasoned Mary Kom and another debutant Jamuna Boro (54kg) settled for bronze medals after semifinal losses.

While the Manipuri legend will target an unprecedented seventh gold and an eighth medal overall, Lovlina will hope to better the colour of the bronze she had won a year ago in New Delhi.

The Indian contingent sought a review of the decision but the appeal was turned down by the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) technical committee.

"How and why. Let the world know how much right and wrong the decision is", Mary Kom later tweeted expressing her anguish on the loss. She will take on second-seeded Russian Ekaterina Paltceva in the summit clash on Sunday.

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She was tied on seven with Cuban men's legend Felix Savon after winning the gold in the 48kg category past year.

The judges' points at the end stood at 29-28, 27-30, 28-29, 28-29, 27-30 in Busenaz's favour and Mary Kom bowed out of the competition.

In the welterweight category (69kg) Yang Liu of China narrowly triumphed over 2018 bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain of India.

Jamuna, on the other hand, was outplayed by Chinese Taipei's Huang Hsiao Wen in her semi-final.

The final round was slightly more intense, with both boxers getting themselves into a tangle a couple of times.

"Mary fought exceptionally well and should have won the bout".

Earlier, the Indian boxer had received a bye in the opening round before she defeated Cedeno Rojas of Venezuela in a 5-0 unanimous verdict in her pre-quarterfinal fight on Wednesday.

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