Tokyo 2020: Lovlina Borgohain Loses Semi-Final to World Number 1, Wins Bronze
Lovlina Borgohain was outplayed by the Turkish opponent in the semi-final
Lovlina Borgohain has lost the semi-final bout against world number one Busenaz Surmeneli 5-0.
As the losing semi-finalist, Lovlina wins the bronze medal.
She is now the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympic Games.
India’s sole boxer to be assured a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Lovlina Borgohain put up a tough fight in her semi-final bout against reigning world champion and also the world number one Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, but eventually was beaten 5-0
Lovlina now finishes with a bronze in the women’s welterweight category. She is the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom.
Her medal also helps India better their 2016 Rio Olympic Games tally with PV Sindhu winning a bronze and Mirabai Chanu clinching a silver in Tokyo.
Lovlina Borgohain was outplayed by the Turkish opponent and it was a unanimous decision in favour of the reigning world number one and world champion.
The Indian 23-year-old started off on a positive note with aggressive punches but Surmeneli was in the driver's seat after the first minute of the contest. The Turkish boxer landed some big punches and was awarded the round unanimously by all 5 judges. She’s was given 10s by all while Lovlina was awarded 9s.
In the second round, Lovlina was quick on the attack but Busenaz continued to be proactive in the ring. Both pugilists landed continuous punches but the Turkish boxer won the second round. Lovlina had five 9s from the judges, but got a deduction of one point for punching after the referee had closed the second round.
The final round saw Lovlina trying to bridge the gap with body punches. But Busenaz started to avoid her punches and landed a left hook followed by an uppercut. Lovlina punched non-stop till the end, but it was too late to make a turnaround against Busenaz's persistent attack
Surmeneli, the gold medal favourite, finished with perfect 10s in all rounds and will progress onto the final while Lovlina will also be on the podium, with a bronze.
(With inputs from IANS)
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