Debutant Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) assured India of their first boxing medal on the Tokyo Olympic Games when she upstaged feeble world champion Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei to enter the semifinals on Friday (July 30). The 23-year-former Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to make the last-four the place she’s going to sq. off in opposition to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who hammered Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.
Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, displayed enormous aloof in the face of a intrepid opponent, who had overwhelmed her in the previous. She turn out to be aggressive to open with, adopted it up with a massive counter-attacking game and saved her defence tight in the closing three minutes to emerge triumphant.
“She caught to the conception of counter-attacking and taking most appealing thing about her high. She had tried being aggressive with this girl in the old bout and lost. So this time, we told her ‘aap khade raho, usko aane have faith’,” national coach Mohammed Ali Qamar told recordsdata agency PTI.
“And what a icy mind she displayed, by no plot purchased indignant. By no plot tried to barge in. She done the conception to perfection. Had she tried to switch on offensive, she would be pleased ended up getting hit,” he said.
Listed below are about a of the reactions on social media…
WOAHH.. What a bout
— Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) July 30, 2021
India is confirmed of 2nd Olympics medal
What a ravishing Boxing from Lovlina@LovlinaBorgohai has reached semi-finals and taking a gape for Gold medal in #Tokyo2020 Olympics!#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/Rc3IU93svF
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 30, 2021
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 30, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 30, 2021
The kid, who turn out to be laid low by COVID-19 last year and uncared for a training trudge to Europe due to it, impart free a mountainous cry after the referee raised her hand, pent up emotions sooner or later getting the higher of her.