Lovlina Borgohain Takes Home Bronze, Goes Down Fighting In Semis: Tokyo Olympics

Lovlina Borgohain brings home a bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics after losing in the women’s welterweight semis to Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey.

India’s Lovlina Borgohain took home a bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics after losing her semi-final bout in women’s welterweight (64-69kg) boxing to Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey on Wednesday. Borgohain became the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom to win a medal at the Olympic Games.

Both boxers started off the match on a careful note but the reigning world champion in the category, Busenaz Surmeneli, won the opening round by a score of 5-0 to which gave her an early advantage.

Borgohain attempted to fight back in the next round but struggled to breach Surmeneli’s staunch defence. She also had a point deducted, having earlier received a warning, after landing a punch on Surmeneli while the fighters were being separated by the referee.

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Surmeneli won the second round as well, and finished things off by holding off Borgohain in the third round to clinch victory via unanimous decision.

Borgohain, is a two-time medallist at the AIBA World Championships, and had defeated Germany’s Nadine Apetz by (3-2) in the round of 16 after receiving a bye in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, the Assam boxer beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-chin to become only the second Indian woman boxer to secure a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Mary Kom, boxing champion had won a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

India’s campaign in boxing at the Tokyo Olympics came to an end with Borgohain’s loss on Wednesday.

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