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Mary Kom shocked by Brit

Indian star Mary Kom faces a nerve-wracking wait after losing in the quarterfinals of the women’s amateur world championships on Thursday.

The shock defeat left Kom’s bid to compete at the London Olympic Games in doubt.

The five-time world champion was stunned 13-11 in the flyweight division by Britain's European champion Nicola Adams. She now has to rely on other results to qualify for the Olympics.

"What can I say? I gave it my best but I still lost. I don't know if I have a chance of reaching the Olympics," said the 29-year-old “Magnificent Mary”.

The diminutive Kom, one of India's brightest Olympic hopes and a mother of twin boys, has been forced to move up a division to fight in the lightest Olympic category, 48 to 51 kg.

Kom will now have to wait until after Friday's semifinals to see if she will be present when women's boxing makes its full Olympics debut in London.

Indian fans are also biting their nails over the Olympic bid of lightweight Sarita Devi, who is also waiting for other results to determine whether she will travel to London.

Adams, who now faces Russia's world champion Yelena Savelyeva in the semifinals, joins British stablemate Natasha Jonas in the lightweight category.

Eight places in the three Olympic weight categories – flyweight, lightweight and middleweight – are up for grabs at the world championships, with another four awarded to small and developing countries.

China's hopes of an Olympic medal are still alive after flyweight Asian Games gold medallist Ren Cancan, buoyed by the home crowd, won her duel with American Marlen Esparza 16-8.

Two-time world champion Ren, 24, will face Polish veteran Karolina Michalczuk in the semifinals.

Another two-time world champion, Sofya Ochigava of Russia, beat Adriana dos Santos of Brazil 15-6.


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