Lovlina Borgohain's remarkable journey ends with a bronze
Lovlina Borgohain finished with a bronze medal after being outpunched by World champion and top seed Turkeys Busenaz Surmeneli in a women’s 69kg semifinal bout of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
Lovlina, a double Worlds bronze medallist, gave it her best shot before losing by the margin of 0-5 in the bout thoroughly dominated by Surmeneli.
After Vijender Singh in 2008 and Mary Kom in 2012, the 23-year-old Assam woman became the third Indian boxer to claim a bronze medal in the Olympics.
Punching with confidence, Surmeneli landed clean, powerful and accurate combinations of blow on Lovlina’s head and took the early advantage.
The taller Indian, Lovlina received a standing count, replied with some well-directed counters but lost the first round 0-5.
The Turkish boxer continued to attack with the same intensity even as Lovlina delivered some best body shots and right hooks in the second half. Lovlina, who was served a warning, felt the fury of Surmeneli's punches.
Though the Surmeneli continued to land solid blows on target, Lovlina fought on bravely and lasted the course despite receiving another standing count.
Surmeneli won the last two rounds like she did the first - 5-0 - to book her place in the final.