Lovlina Borgohain becomes only the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal.
The 23-year-old boxer, who was making her Olympic debut secured India a bronze medal in the women’s welterweight (64-69kg) category.
Borgohain lost the semifinal round to Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli to settle for the bronze. She lost all her rounds with a unanimous decision from all the five judges against the reigning world champion.
#IND‘s Lovlina Borgohain wins India’s THIRD medal at #Tokyo2020 – and it’s a #Bronze in the women’s #Boxing welterweight category! #StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/wcX69n3YEe
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 4, 2021
Lovlina is also the first-ever woman from Assam to participate in the Olympics, who now also secured a medal for the country.
The Indian boxer, Lovlina battled with the COVID-19 virus in October 2020, just hours before she was about to board her flight to Italy along with the Indian contingent for a training-cum-competition trip. She was forced into Isolation and had to miss her trip to Italy. Despite all the hardships, Lovlina secured a medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Lovlina Borgohain became the third Indian to win a medal at Tokyo 2020 after Mirabai Chanu’s silver medal in weightlifting and PV Sindhu’s Bronze in Badminton.
Social media is flooded with congratulatory wishes and messages for the youngster.
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 endeavors.
President Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted; Congratulations to Lovlina Borgohain! With your hard work and dogged determination, you have done the nation proud. Your bronze medal in boxing at the Olympics Games will inspire the youth especially young women, to battle with challenges and turn their dreams into reality.
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