Lovlina Borgohain may have lost in the semi-finals but she became the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics.
Women’s Lovlina Borgohain matched the bronze medal in the women’s welterweight (64-69 kg) semifinals with Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli on Wednesday. This is India’s third medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Standing as the first boxer from the country to enter the Olympic final and looking at script history, the Pugilist division from Assam did not compete before the current world champion as she lost three rounds by a unanimous decision from five rounds. The judges are going in favor of the Turkish boxer.
Borgohain may have fallen but she became the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics. Six-time world champion Mary Kom won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, while Vijender Singh won a bronze in 2008 in Beijing.
Welter (64-69 kg) competed in the event, winning bronze at the 2017 and 2021 Asian Championships, losing to Nadine Apetz 3-2 in the 16 bout round. Three days after the quarterfinals, she defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chen Neen-chin 4-1 to reach the semifinals and help India win another medal in Tokyo 2020.
Lovlina, the first Assamese woman to compete in the Olympics, battled the tedious Kovid-19 in October 2020, just hours before boarding a flight to Italy with the Indian team for training. Competitive trip. Despite her loneliness and all the hardships, the boxer brings home the Olympic medal.
Interestingly, she won a bronze medal at the 23rd and 2018, 2019 World Championships, and actually started her career as a Muay Thai practitioner. Only when she met her first coach Padum Boro did her life take a definite turn. Boro, who worked at the Sports Authority of India centers in Shillong and Dimapur, introduced her to boxing and has not looked back for Lovlina ever since.