Boxer Laishram Devendro’s dream run ends
Story Dated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 9:29 hrs IST
London: Indian boxer Laishram Devendro Singh narrowly missed out on a medal at the London Olympics as he went out after putting up a brave fight against Irishman Paddy Barnes in the quarterfinals of the 49 kg category.
In a high-voltage quarterfinal contest which was marked by some debatable refereeing and controversial warnings at the Excel Arena on Wednesday Paddy Barnes came out the winner.
The 20-year-old Devendro fought gallantly but could not prevail over his stronger opponent who scripted a 23-18 victory to romp into the semifinals.
But the high-scoring result left the Indian contingent fuming as they claimed that the refereeing had gone heavily against the diminutive Indian who was warned once in the second round.
With Devendro's exit, the Indian challenge in the boxing ring also came to an end with only MC Mary Kom providing the spark with a historic bronze medal in women's boxing which has been introduced in the Olympics for the first time.