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'Forever Legend': Twitter Erupts After Boxing Icon Mary Kom Suffers Shock Loss at Tokyo Olympics

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Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, popularly known as Mary Kom, is a six-time world champion and the only female boxer from India to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She won a bronze medal at the London Games in 2012.

Many social media users, including Indian sports stars, paid rich tributes to Mary Kom after the Indian boxing legend suffered a shock defeat in the Round of 16 of the women's flyweight (51 kg) event on Thursday.

Among the first to hail the iconic boxer's glorious career was the country's only individual gold medallist Abhinav Bindra after Mary Kom lost to Rio 2016 bronze medal winner Ingrit Valencia of Colombia by the thinnest of margins at Tokyo's Kokugikan Arena.

The 38-year-old from the state of Manipur in India's northeast looked a bit unfortunate to lose to Valencia, as the two boxers won a round each at the start of the contest.

Mary Kom, who had not lost to the Colombian star in her previous two matches, was beaten 3-2 by the 11th ranked boxer in their third head-to-head encounter.

The 3-2 verdict was a close call, considering both boxers had matched each other almost punch for punch.

With her defeat to Valencia, Mary Kom's hopes of ending her career with a medal at the Olympics also ended.

Before she boarded the flight to Tokyo, Mary Kom had announced that the games in the Japanese capital would be her last.

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