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Boxer Lovlina Borgohain assures India second medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Indian women boxer, Lovlina Borgohain who was playing her first Olympics, ensures India its second medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020 games. 

The 23-year-old Assamese boxer became only the third Indian boxer to bag an Olympic medal after Vijender Singh in 2008 and Mary Kom in 2012. 

Borgohain defeated Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the women’s welterweight competition 4-1 to ensure India is the second medal after Mirabai Chanu’s silver medal in 49kg Weightlifting. Lovlina, a 2-time World and Asian Championship bronze medalist had never defeated Chen before today’s match. The pair have contested 4 times before today’s event. 

Lovlina Borgohain was playing aggressively from the start and followed it up with counter-attacking and defense in the last 3 minutes to emerge victorious in the match. 

The Guwahati-based pugilist was sidelined by COVID-19 last year and had to miss her international training trip to Europe, let out a huge scream after the referee raised her hand to announce the winner. 

Lovlina Borgohain at Tokyo Olympics
Lovlina Borgohain at Tokyo Olympics

Lovlina Borgohain will now be facing World champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in her semi-final round. The match is scheduled for Thursday, 4th August 11:00 AM IST. 

Meanwhile, World number 1 archer Deepika Kumari ends her campaign and her quest to win an Olympic medal for the third time as she was defeated by Korean An San in straight sets in the quarterfinals. 

Deepika Kumari misfired 4 7’s and An, who broke the Olympic record in the ranking rounds, wrapped up the women’s individual event in less than 6 minutes winning 6-0.

It was a heartbreak for the 3-time Olympian Deepika and her fans here in India and all over the world. Deepika’s husband Atanu Das is the only Indian archer left in the Olympic medal contention at the Tokyo Olympics games. 

Also Read: Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 6: PV Sindhu, Satish Kumar and Atanu Das advances to next level in their events

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