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May 17, 2012 at 10:19am IST

Mary Kom loses in World Championships, Olympic berth in balance

Qinhuangdao, China: Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom's Olympic ticket will be decided by fate now after she lost in the quarter-finals of the World Championships to world number two Nicola Adams on Wednesday.

The five-time world champion will return empty-handed on the medal front for the first time since the event's inception in 2001, but she still has a chance of getting a London berth if Adams goes on to win her semi-final bout.

Women's boxing will make its Olympic debut in three weight categories in London - 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. Asia has two slots in the 51kg division and one of them has already been taken by Asian Games gold medalist Ren Cancan of China.

Mary Kom's Olympics fate rests on Adams defeat

Mary Kom lost to world number two Nicola Adams, but can still make the Olympics if Adams goes on to win her semi-final bout.

Mary and North Korea's Hye Kim have ended up on the losing side in the quarter-finals and their respective opponents - Adams of England and Elena Savelyeva of Russia - will be facing off in the semis now. The winner of the bout will decide which among Mary Kom or Kim goes through to the Olympics.

The 29-year-old Manipuri went down 11-13 in a fiercely-contested battle in which she was tied with Adams on points in two of the four rounds. Mary Kom conceded a point's lead each in the first and third round, however, which ultimately proved decisive in the bout.

"I gave my best but still lost, what can I say? I don't know if I have a chance or not. I don't want to think about it," a dejected Mary Kom told PTI after her bout. "It's difficult, I have to rely on luck, which is not what I wanted to do. I wanted to win it all by myself."

Both Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi (60kg) are in the same boat and will know if they have got the Olympic berth only after the semi-final stage.

There was some good news for India in the non-Olympic categories as Kavita assured herself of a medal by advancing to the +81kg division semi-finals. She beat Turkey's Semsi Yarali 15-14 to make the medal round.

But there was disappointment elsewhere as Pinki Jangra (48kg) went down to world number two Svetlana Gnevanova of Russia 11-13.

In the 81kg division, former world champion RL Jenny lost 11-18 to Hungary's Timea Nagy.

In the 64kg category, Meena Rani lost to American Mikaela Mayer 10-27.

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