Lovlina Borgohain fights her way to an Olympic medal; she joins the ranks of India’s best boxers.
Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) of India was guaranteed of a medal today after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the current Tokyo Olympics.In a tight fight, the 23-year-old displayed remarkable calmness.
Borgohain has two bronze medals at the World and Asian championships.The 23-year-old Assam fighter triumphed 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals, where she will face Turkey’s defending world champion Busenaz Surmeneli, who smashed Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.
She was aggressive to begin with, then played a fantastic counter-attacking game and held her defence tight in the final three minutes to win.The kid, who was knocked out by COVID-19 last year and missed a training trip to Europe as a result, let out a loud scream when the referee raised her hand, her pent-up emotions finally getting the best of her.
Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom have already won boxing medals for India (2012). Borgohain and his teammates had both earned bronze medals, and he hoped to improve on that.The Guwahati-based fighter began her career as a kickboxer before being introduced to boxing by Assamese instructor Padam Boro.
After beating Nadine Apetz of Germany in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) surged into the quarter-finals of the women’s welterweight (69-75kg) division.The kid, who was knocked out by COVID-19 last year and missed a training trip to Europe as a result, let out a loud scream when the referee raised her hand, her pent-up emotions finally getting the best of her.
She got the virus while visiting her sick mother, Mamoni Borgohain, who had a kidney transplant last year. Tiken, her father, is a small-time businessman, and her older sister is also a kick boxer.Borgohain was a kick boxer until Sports Authority of India coach Padum Boro discovered her while evaluating potential in Assam’s Golaghat area.He introduced her to boxing, and she took to it like a fish to water, winning a bronze medal in her first world championship in 2018, and another the following year.
She is also a two-time bronze medalist at the Asian Championships.Borgohain was raised in Golaghat’s Baro Mukhia hamlet before moving to Guwahati to pursue her boxing aspirations Mirabai Chanu, a weightlifter, earned India’s first medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, taking silver in the Women’s 49 kg division.