Boxer Lovlina Secures Bronze Medal At Tokyo Olympics, Loses Semifinals

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India’s boxer Lovlina Borgohain lost to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli by unanimous decision in the women’s welterweight (64-69kg) semifinal at Tokyo Olympics 2020 on the 4th of August.  Before going down, Lovlina put up a spirited show in the semis bout to script history by clinching a bronze medal. With this, India’s boxing campaign came to an end in Tokyo 2020. She became only the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics. Lovlina followed the footsteps of veteran boxer Vijender Singh (2008 Beijing Olympics) and legendary Mary Kom (2012 London Olympics). This is India’s third medal of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Aiming to script history by becoming the first-ever boxer from India to enter an Olympic final, the 23-year-old pugilist was no match in front of the top seed Surmeneli of the welterweight division. Lovlina lost all three rounds with a unanimous decision from the five judges going in favour of the Turkish boxer.

After the victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulated Boxer Lovlina Borgohain on Winning Bronze Medal at the Olympics.

The Indian’s start was not all that bad as she stood up to the strong challenge but she came undone after Surmeneli got down to connecting her vicious hooks and body shots. The third round was especially punishing for Borgohain, who faced two standing eight counts during the bout.

The Tokyo Olympics started from the 23rd of July 2021 and would end on the 8th of August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

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