08/09/2012, 00.00
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Indian boxer Devendro defeated. Historic bronze for Mary Kom

The young boxer lost against Ireland's Paddy Barnes in the quarter-finals of the lightweights. He was the 'last hope of another Indian medal in boxing. The boxer Mary Kom reahes her goal and returns home with a medal.

London (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The dreams of Indian boxer Devendro Singh of getting a boxing medal for India, after the unexpected bronze for Chungneijang Mary Kom in the women's flyweight category, have come to an end. The 20 year-old lightweight boxer was defeated by the Irish Paddy Barnes who won with a score of 23 to 18. He will meet China's Zhou Shiming in the semi-final. The Indian team has criticized judges for having penalized Devendro several times.

To date, the Indian medal stands at three bronze and one silver.

Meanwhile, the boxer Mary Kom, has apologized to all the people of India for failing to reach the final for the gold. "I did my best - she said in a press conference - I've given everything, but I'm happy to return with a medal." A native of the State of Manipur Imphal, in the far east of India, the young woman was one of the revelations of these Olympics, which opened for the first time to female boxing. Born into a poor family, Kom has become a star at home and has her own personal anthem "Mary, Queen of the Ring". In several interviews, she has said she wanted to fight and win for the emancipation of Indian women.



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