Devendro's medal hopes die

Aug 09, 2012, 07:52 IST | Agencies

India's L Devendro Singh put up strong fight against seasoned campaigner Paddy Barnes of Ireland in the quarter-finals of the light flyweight (49 kg) last night at the Olympics here, but failed to emerge victorious

Devendro’s 18-23 defeat to the Irishman ended India’s boxing campaign at the Games with woman boxer MC Mary Kom emerging the lone medal winner with a bronze. Devendro began Round One with a flurry of punches, but it was Beijing bronze medalist Barnes, who won the round 7-5.

Paddy Barnes of Ireland (red) in action against India’s Devendro Singh during the men's light fly (49kg) boxing quarterfinals on Day 12 of the Games yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

The second round saw Devendro come out aggressively again, but a silly head-butt resulted in a two-point penalty against the Indian. Barnes took advantage of this and won the round 10-5.

The Indian came out all guns blazing and won Round Three 8-6, but it was too little, too late as his medal hopes were already crushed.

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