Lovlina Borgohain wins India's third medal, becomes third Indian boxer to win Olympic bronze

Lovlina Borgohain has won India's third medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. She is now the third Indian boxer to win bronze at the Olympics after Vijender Singh won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Mary Kom won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. 

Created On: Aug 4, 2021 11:58 ISTModified On: Aug 4, 2021 12:00 IST

Lovlina wins India's third Olympic medal! Lovlina Borgohain has won the bronze medal after going down 0-5 against Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli in the 69kg welterweight semifinals on August 4, 2021. 

Lovlina Borgohain has become the second Indian female boxer to win an Olympic bronze after MC Mary Kom achieved that feat in the 2012 London Olympics. 

This is India's third medal at this year's Tokyo Olympics 2020 after Mirabai Chanu's silver in weightlifting and PV Sindhu's bronze in badminton women's individual event. 

Key Highlights

•The olympic debutant had assured India of a medal by defeating world no. 2 Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the quarterfinals of women's welterweight event at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

•She had also beaten Germany's Nadine Apetz 3-2 in the Round of 16 by a split decision to enter the quarterfinals.

•Lovlina Borgohain has become the first-ever Assamese woman to win an Olympic medal.

•Lovlina Borgohain has also become the third Indian boxer to win Olympic bronze after legendary boxers Mary Kom and Vijender Singh. The 23-year-old is currently ranked world no. 3.

•Indian boxers Mary Kom and Vijender Singh had won the bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics respectively. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Well fought @LovlinaBorgohain! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours. #Tokyo2020"

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted saying "Lovlina, you gave your best punch ! India is extremely proud of what you have achieved ! You’ve achieved a medal in your first Olympics; the journey has just begun!"

Who is Lovlina Borgohain? 

•Lovlina Borgohain hails from the Golaghat district of Assam. Her father is a small-scale businessman. 

Lovlina started her career as a kickboxer but later switched to boxing when she found the opportunity to do so. She participated in the trials that were held at her high school by the Sports Authority of India. 

•She was noticed and selected by renowned Coach Padum Boro, who began training her in 2012.

•Her elder twin sisters Licha and Lima had also competed in kickboxing at the national level but did not pursue it beyond that.

•Her biggest break was when she was selected to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the welterweight boxing category. She failed to win a medal though after losing in the quarterfinals. 

•She had previously won a gold medal in the International Boing Championship held in February 2018 in the welterweight category. 

•She also won bronze at the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam in November 2017.

•She also won bronze at the President's Cup held in Astana in June 2017.

•She won a silver medal at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia in June 2018.

•She went on to win bronze at the 13th International Silesian Championship in Poland in September 2018.

•She represented India at the 2018 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, held in New Delhi, for the first time. She went on to win the bronze medal in Welterweight(69 kg) category.

•She had to settle for bronze again in the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship after getting defeated in the 69 kg category semi-final. 

Olympic Qualification

•Lovlina Borgohain booked herself a spot in Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the 69 kg category in March after a 5-0 win over Uzbekistan's Maftunakhon Melieva in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.

•She became the first-ever sportswoman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics.

•She had told the Olympic channel during her qualification that her priority was to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. "Once I did that, I probably let myself relax a bit."

Awards

She was honoured with the prestigious Arjuna Award by President Ram Nath Kovind virtually for her outstanding performance in boxing

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