Lovlina Borgohain lost the semifinal bout of the women’s welterweight category and had to settle for the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Despite the loss, Lovlina showed admirable fight and had her moments in the opening round of the contest but couldn’t quite put it past the number one seed Busenaz Surmeneli.
The bronze medal is India’s third at the games and the first in boxing at the Tokyo Olympics. And despite the loss in the semifinal, Lovlina has clearly punched above her weight at the games and has been an unexpected medal winner for the country. The diminutive fighter from the state of Assam wasn’t amongst the favorites for a medal but has surely done the country pround with her exploits in the ring.
The bout began with both boxers taking time to measure out each other. That they hadn’t ever had a previous meeting meant that they needed a bit of time to figure out their strategy. For the most part of the opening round, Lovlina did match her opponent move for move, but in the final thirty seconds the experience of Busenaz came to the fore and she took the round away from the Indian.
The second and the third rounds were completely dominated by the Turkish boxer, as Lovlina struggled to stay in the contest. An eight-count in the third round made it appear that it could be over sooner than later, but Borgohain stood until the end – showing admirable fight and grit.
A comprehensive win for the world champion takes her into the gold medal bout, while the Indian will return with an unexpected bronze for her superlative performances at the Tokyo Games.