I have learnt my lessons: Mary

The Manipuri mother-of-two, who is a Khel Ratna awardee settled for a bronze medal after suffering her first international loss in two years in Guangzhou (China).

The 27-year-old fought in the 51kg category, one of the three divisions in women's boxing that were included in the Games' roster after getting the Olympic nod – a significant jump from the 46kg and 48kg divisions she had been competing in previously.

"Adjusting to the weight was not at all a problem because I weigh around 51kg normally. What took me by surprise were the tactics. My opponents would hold me and then use the shoulder to hit me on the chin, something that would escape the referee's eye but when I would try to break free, it would seem that I am using my elbow to hit them and the referee would caution me," Mary Kom explained in an interview with PTI today.

"I lost stamina while dealing with these tactics and that reflected. But I am happy with how I have performed. It's not a gold but it is still a medal that I would cherish," Mary Kom, who lost to reigning 51kg world champion Ren Cancan of China, said.

"And I would like to state that I did not lose because of fighting in a new weight category. It's a sport and wins and losses are a part and parcel of the game. I have learnt my lessons and I would prove myself in future," she added.

To deal with the new defensive tactics, Mary Kom plans to take a few tips from star male boxer and fellow Manipuri Suranjoy, who incidentally also returned with a bronze from the Asian Games, his first since 2009.

"Even before the semifinal bout, Suranjoy had taught me a few tricks to deal with holding and clinching in the ring but what I actually saw and experienced took me by surprise. I will take tips from him and learn to deal with these tactics better," she said.

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