23-year-old boxer Lovlina secures India’s 2nd medal at Tokyo Olympics


Young Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain secured a second medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics with win over Chinese Taipei’s Nein-Chin Chen in the women’s welterweight category (64-69kg) on Friday (July 30). Lovlina, making her Olympics debut at Tokyo, has marched into the semifinals, assuring India of at least a bronze medal as both losing semifinalists are assured a medal.

However, India and Lovlina will be hoping for much more as he heads into the boxing semifinals. It is just the second medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics after Mirabai Chanu’s weightlifting silver medal.

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The 23-year-old Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to make the last-four where she will square off against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who hammered Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.

Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, displayed tremendous calm in the face of a plucky opponent, who had beaten her in the past. She was aggressive to start with, followed it up with a tremendous counter-attacking game and kept her defence tight in the final three minutes to emerge triumphant.

The youngster, who was laid low by COVID-19 last year and missed a training trip to Europe because of it, let out a huge scream after the referee raised her hand, pent up emotions finally getting the better of her.