After a viral video in which a girl was seen crying inconsolably post Mary Kom’s defeat at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the ace Indian boxer located her fan and even went to meet her. Mary Kom had bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics after losing her bout against Ingrit Valencia of Colombia. Post her loss, the video featuring the girl had gone viral and Mary had herself shared it on social media.
Mary had earlier expressed her wish to meet this fan and staying true to her words, she did manage to locate and meet her. "Dear sisters.. I will give you a hug and salute you if I got a chance for a meeting. If you are interested in any sports/boxing I will be very happy to help you," she had written.
Mary also posted photos with the fan on social media. "I’ve found my new fan and follower for boxing who really cheers and cried for me during #Tokyo2020," she captioned the post. Mary's gesture has been appreciated by users on social media with several netizens terming her a true legend that they are proud of.
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Despite the 38-year-old's defeat, India managed their best-ever performance at Tokyo 2020. While they had won 5 medals until the penultimate day with their best tally being of 6 medals at London 2012, wrestler Bajrang Punia's bronze added with Neeraj Chopra's historic gold medal helped India better their previous best in some style. Notably, the country had not won a gold in 2012 and this was their first gold since 2008 where Abhinav Bindra had become the first individual Olympic gold-medallist.
National hero Neeraj dedicates historic gold medal to Late Milkha Singh
While independent India had not won a single medal in track and field (athletics), Neeraj ended the nation's drought not by any other medal but with the best one on offer. He later dedicated the gold to Late Milkha Singh who had famously finished fourth in the 1960 Rome Olympics 400 m final. Ever since his golden throw, the 23-year-old has become a nationwide hero with several awards and recognition coming his way.