"I want to say sorry to the people of India that I could not win gold or silver,"
said M C Mary Kom soon after her much-hyped bout with Nicola Adams which went 11-6 in the Great Britain boxer’s favor.
"The support I received from people back home was overwhelming,"
"All I can say is that I tried my hardest. But I am happy that I could get back at least a medal."
Mary praised her opponent Nicola for being astute in this key bout, if not technically superior.
"She was clever in the way she blocked punches and made hers count on the computer system."
A capacity crowd saw the two most popular boxers in the tournament square up for a place in the final.
"I landed punches too, but the computer did not seem to be buzzing,"
she added, somewhat jocularly.
"In this system it is not the power which counts, but only those punches which according to judges score points.
"But this is sport, and sometimes things don’t go the way you expect them.
But I thank Jesus for getting me this far.
It’s been a 12 year struggle to get into the Olympics, and I am happy to have realized my dream,"
A capacity crowd saw the two most popular boxers in the tournament square up for a place in the final. Even some fans, who looked distinctly non-Indian, were rooting for Mary showing how her appeal cuts across nationalities and race.
The fight was a low-scoring one with both boxers wary of the other’s prowess.
Mary was the more aggressive of the two in approach, but Nicola was more composed and used her reach to good advantage.
Mary, as is well-known, was fighting in a higher weight category (51kg) from the one in which she has won five world titles (48) kg only because she was determined to be in the greatest sports show on earth. She said she is now keen to return home to her five-year-old twins.
(Pastors Praying for Mary)
"They are missing me and I am missing them even more,"