Tokyo Olympics: Lovlina Borgohain secures 2nd medal for India, marches into semis

Young Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain secured a 2nd medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics with decide over Chinese Taipei’s Nein-Chin Chen in the ladies’s welterweight category (64-69kg) on Friday (July 30). Lovlina, making her Olympics debut at Tokyo, has marched into the semifinals, assuring India of at the least a bronze medal as each dropping semifinalists are assured a medal. 

On the other hand, India and Lovlina will probably be hoping for a lot extra as he heads into the boxing semifinals. It is miles factual the 2nd medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics after Mirabai Chanu’s weightlifting silver medal.

The 23-yr-aged Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to construct the closing-four where she is going to square off against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who hammered Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.

Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, displayed mountainous nonetheless in the face of a courageous opponent, who had crushed her previously. She was once aggressive to commence up with, adopted it up with a mountainous counter-attacking game and saved her defence tight in the final three minutes to emerge triumphant.

The kid, who was once laid low by COVID-19 closing yr and overlooked a practising day plug back and forth to Europe thanks to it, place free an gigantic bawl after the referee raised her hand, pent up feelings at closing getting the simpler of her.

MEDAL ASSURED!!! Lovlina Borgohain wins her quarterfinal bout 4-1 against Taipei’s Chen to qualify for the semifinal.

We decide on her essentially the easiest for her semifinal bout.

Preserve tuned for extra updates. #Cheer4India

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 30, 2021

India’s outdated boxing medals salvage come through Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012). Every of them had won bronze medals and Borgohain would stare to raised that.

In the meantime, Indian boxer Simranjit Kaur (60kg) lost to Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee in the pre-quarterfinals to construct an early exit from the Olympic Games. The 26-yr-aged Indian, seeded fourth, went down 0-5 no topic a gritty efficiency.

She was once spectacular in the outlet round and seemed to salvage caught Seesondee on the serve-foot alongside with her measured scheme, sticking to a counter-attacking strategy. On the other hand, the judges dominated unanimously in favour of the Thai, inflicting Simranjit to be a tad reckless in the 2nd round.

The Indian paid for the hyper-aggressive scheme in the first few seconds itself when Seesondee managed to glue some recognize-catching left hooks. The defensive errors in the 2nd build paid to Simranjit’s probabilities and regardless that she gave it her all in the third round, it wanted nothing short of a demolition job to salvage over the line.

On the other hand, that was once to now not be as she bowed out following a unanimous verdict. The 29-yr-aged Thai is a two-time world championships medallist and moreover won a silver in the 2018 Asian Games.

(with PTI inputs)

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