Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom lost her bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia in Round of 16 49 KG category match. With this, her Tokyo Olympics campaign came to an end. But despite her defeat, she has won a million hearts with her gesture of celebrating her opponents’ win. Not only the sports fraternity but the entire country hailed the stalwart for her humility.
Actress Priyanka Chopra who played Mary Kom in the latter’s biopic also showered her with respect and admiration. Sharing a picture of Mary, Priyanka called her ‘legend’. She wrote, “This is what the ultimate champion looks like…Bravo @mcmary.kom…you’ve shown us how to go the distance and with passion and dedication. You inspire us and make us proud Every. Single. Time #Legend”.
Take a look at her post here.
Mary Kom undoubtedly performed well but despite her efforts in the third round, he faced defeat by the Colombian boxer. After losing, Mary Kom shed a tear but she accepted it graciously. It was indeed an emotional moment for all the Indians.
Disappointed, but gracious in defeat!
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) July 29, 2021
As soon as the winner was announced, the Rio Olympics bronze medalist clapped for her opponent and even hugged Valencia and walked out of the boxing bout.
Though Mary Kom’s Tokyo Olympics 2020 journey has come to an end, she has etched a special place in everyone’s hearts. She has been an inspiration for many and her contribution and dedication to sports will be remembered forever for the generations to come.