Indian pugilist Lovlina Borgohain has confirmed the country’s second medal in the Tokyo Olympics. Lovlina toppled Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-chin with a split decision. With the win, she books a place in the semifinals as she assures India at least a bronze medal.
Lovlina, who is the first Olympian from Assam, was making her Olympic debut in Tokyo. The ace boxer showed great aggression to take Chen by surprise. Lovlina comfortably won the first two rounds to assure a victory. Following her win, wishes have started to flood in for the 23-year-old from corners of the nation.
Twitter floods with wishes for Lovlina Borgohain
Following a string of loses and upsets for India, the wait for the second medal is finally over. The Indian fans are delighted with the extraordinary performance put up by Lovlina Borgohain and are leaving no stone unturned to show their affection for the Assamese boxer. She will become the second female Indian boxer after Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal.
Two other boxers, Pooja Rani and Satish Kumar, too remain in contention of a medal with a win away from the podium finish. If they manage to make it to the semi-finals, this will be Indian boxing contingent’s best-ever outing in the history of the Games.
Lovlina fought against the odds to bag an Olympic medal on debut at the mega event. She started her sporting career as a kickboxer along with her siblings.
While her twin elder sisters, Licha and Lima, went on to compete on the national level in kickboxing, Lovlina decided to switch to boxing. And she hasn’t looked back ever since as she continues to rise through the ranks in the welterweight category.
Despite the best of her efforts, Lovlina is yet to go past the semifinal stage in her international career. With multiple bronze medals in World and Asian Championships, the Assamese will be looking to change the hue of her medal on the grand stage.