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India at Tokyo Olympics: Lovlina Borgohain wins Bronze Medal in Boxing

LockerRoom Team
04 August 2021

Indian Boxer Lovlina Borgohain went up against the top seed and World Champion Busenaz Sürmeneli today in the semi-finals of the Women's Welterweight category at the Tokyo Olympics.  

Lovlina was very effective in the first round and landed some shots The Indian landed two sneaky punches after the bell in the round and ended up getting a warning from the referee as well. Sürmeneli had a comeback later in the round and won on the cards of all five judges. The Turkish boxer then staged a stronger performance in the second round and got better as the round progressed. The Second Round was also ruled in favor of Sürmeneli and it got worse for Lovlina when the referee took a point from her for a foul in the round. A finish was needed for Lovlina to enter the finals in the third round but she failed to secure the same and settled for Bronze Medal. 

Lovlina is the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics after Vijender Singh in 2008 and Mary Kom in 2012. 

Quarter-Final matchup of Lovlina Borgohain

Lovlina Borgohain confirmed a medal for India after entering the semi-finals of the Welterweight category by defeating NC Chen of Chinese Taipei in the Quarter-Finals.

Lovlina pushed the action in the starting minutes and closed the distance effectively against Chen. The Indian was also landing some good body punches from the clinch when Chen had her share of counter punching. Three judges ruled in favor of Lovlina after the round when two judges gave it to Chen. A close fight unfolded in the second round as well.

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Lovlina was having success with body shots whenever she clinched and even landed multiple times while breaking. When the round ended, Borgohain was upon three cards. Chen was under pressure due to this in the third but could not break through the defenses of Lovlina. In the end, the fight was ruled in favor of Lovlina Borgohain.

Indian Boxers at Tokyo Olympics

The campaign of Simranjit Kaur came to an end after she suffered a unanimous decision loss to Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand in the Round of 16 of the Lightweight category. Seesondee won with a score of 5-0 after having a clean sweep in all three rounds even with a good showing from Simranjit in the first round. 

Mary Kom bowed out of the Olympics after a close defeat to Ingrit Valencia of Colombia in the Round of 16. It was a close 3-2 score through which Kom lost the match and she had expressed her displeasure in the judging post the match as well.

Satish Kumar progressed into the quarter-finals of the Super Heavyweight category with a win over Ricardo Brown of Jamaica via a split decision. Lovlina Borgohain and Pooja Rani had also secured their spots in the quarter-finals earlier after securing wins in their respective matches.

Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar, and Manish Kaushik, meanwhile, bowed out of the tournament when Amit Panghal will be in action in the coming days. Vikas, who was in action on Day 1 went down to SQM Okazawa of Japan in the Round of 32 when Manish lost to Luke McCormack of Great Britain.

Top seed Amit Panghal also suffered a quick exit from the games when he lost in the Round of 16 in the Men’s Flyweight category.

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