Lovlina Borgohain entered the semifinals of the women’s boxing (64-69kg) category at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, ensuring India a second medal in the competition.
23-year-old Assamese boxer Lovlina Borgohain defeated world champion Chinese Taipei boxer Nien-Chin Chen in the women’s boxing (64-69kg) quarterfinal match that guaranteed India a second medal in Tokyo Olympic Games.
Before this, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal, the silver medal, the first for India in weightlifting, with a total lift of 202 kilograms (87 kilograms in the snatch and 115 kilograms in clean and jerk), on 24th July 2021.
Lovlina qualified for the semifinals and is therefore assured at least a bronze medal for India. This Friday, she won with a 4:1 split decision in the last eight bouts of the competition.
After Mary Kom and Vijender Singh, Lovlina became the third Indian boxer to win a medal in Olympics. She is the second Indian female boxer to win any medal in Olympics after Mary Kom. Indeed, this is one of the most mesmerising moments of life.
She aced all three rounds:
Indian boxer Lovlina won the opening round by the split verdict of 3:2, with three out of five judges siding with her.
Her dominance continued in the second round, with all five judges unanimously made their decision in her favour. Lovlina won the third and final round with a split decision of 4:1, securing her spot in the semifinals.
Lovlina’s next match:
Now she makes her place in the last four, and she will take on defending world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in her next match, who smashed Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout. It will be one of the most thrilling semifinals of this Tokyo Olympics.
Lovelina’s calm made her victory possible:
Despite been beaten by Nien-Chin Chen in the past, Borgohain, a two-time bronze medalist at world championships, maintained her calmness throughout the bout. She started aggressively, then played a terrific counter-attacking game, and in the closing three minutes, she played tight defence to win.
Another Medallist came from North-east with humble background:
Lovlina Borgohain, who was born on 2nd October 1997, is an Assamese native from Golaghat. She grew up in a humble background.
Though her father was a small-scale businessman, he fought to support his daughter’s desire despite suffered from the family’s financial hardship.
Borgohain had two elder twin sisters, Licha and Lima. Both kickboxers competed at the national level.
Like her sisters, Lovlina also began her career as a kickboxer before switching to amateur boxing. Barpathar Girls High School, from where she initially competed in the sport, where Sports Authority of India had trials in 2012, Lovlina was noticed by a Known coach Padum Boro, and he picked her to train her.