Trivandrum: Boxer M C Mary Kom had to settle with a bronze as her hard punches failed to rattle the strong defense of her British opponent Nicola Adams. She lost the match 6–11. But Mary Kom still wins the bronze, taking India's total medal tally at this year's Olympics to four. Mary Kom also became the third Indian woman to win an individual medal at Olympics.
She told reporters after her match, “I am sorry I couldn't win silver or gold. I tried my hardest and am happy that I got a bronze.”
The other medal hope in men's flyweight boxing, L Devendro Singh, lost in quarter final against Ireland's Paddy Barnes. The 20-year old went down fighting to the Irish boxer 18-23.
Malayali athlete and P T Usha's student, Tintu Luka, finished third in the heats, to qualify for the 800m semifinals. It is after 28 years, after the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, that Kerala is represented in a semifinal event. Tintu Luka timed 2:01.75 seconds, behind world champion Mariya Savinova (2:01.56) of Russia, who came first and Alice Schmidt (2:01.65) of USA, who finished second. Tintu Luka's position was decided through photo-finish as she just managed to edge past Malika Akkaoui (2:01.78) of Morocco.
The freestyle wrestling competition will get underway Thursday at the
ExCel Arena. India had arrived in London with a record five member team
for wrestling – Sushil Kumar, Yogheswar Dutt, Narsingh Pancham Yadav,
Amit Kumar Dahiya, and Geeta Phogat. India had won a bronze medal in
wrestling at Beijing Olympics, and the country is hoping for a better
performance this year, especially after the big let down by the shooting
and archery team.
In other news, one of the most lethal football
team in the planet and former five time FIFA World Cup champions
Brazil, will be looking to win their first Olympic gold medal, taking on
Mexico in the finals on Saturday. Brazil won silver in '84 Los Angeles
and bronze in '94 Atlanta and '08 Beijing.
Image courtesy: indiansportsfan.com