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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Flyweight

Boxing at the 2012 Summer Games:

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Nicola Adams
Silver: CHN Ren Cancan
Bronze: IND Mary Kom
USA Marlen Esparza

Summary

At 1.34PM on the 5th August 2012 Yelena Savelyeva of Russia flicked out a jab that grazed the gloves of North Korea’s Kim Hye-Song. In the normal course of affairs this would not be of any great note but in this case the significance came from its symbolism as the final breach of male exclusivity at the Summer Olympic Games. Boxing’s status as the only sport where women could not compete had ended by a decision of the AIBA in 2009.

At the London Games the gold medal winner was expected to come from a trio of women, world champion Ren Cancan of China, Great Britain’s Nicola Adams and Indian icon M. C. Mary Kom, with Adams having the twin advantages of being a natural flyweight, as opposed to the other two who had moved up from light-flyweight, and of fighting in front of a fiercely partisan crowd. Whether it was those advantages that proved decisive or simply that Adams was the better fighter mattered little as she won three clear points decisions on her way to becoming the first ever female Olympic boxing champion. She put on a particularly impressive display against Ren in the final and scored a knockdown as she recorded a decisive 16-7 victory.

By winning the bronze Mary Kom became only the third Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Widely feted in her home country as a five-time World Champion, the mother of twin sons even had a Bollywood movie made about her life.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nicola Adams 29 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Ren Cancan 24 China CHN Silver
3T Marlen Esparza 22 United States USA Bronze
3T Mary Kom 29 India IND Bronze
5T Yelena Savelyeva 28 Russia RUS
5T Karlha Magliocco 26 Venezuela VEN
5T Maroua Rahali 24 Tunisia TUN
5T Stoyka Petrova 26 Bulgaria BUL
9T Kim Hye-Song 27 North Korea PRK
9T Erica Matos 29 Brazil BRA
9T Karolina Michalczuk 32 Poland POL
9T Siona Fernandes 29 New Zealand NZL