Lovlina Borgohain assures India of first Boxing medal at Tokyo Olympics

30th July,2021

Lovlina Borgohain assures India of first Boxing medal at Tokyo Olympics

Lovlina Borgohain outsmarted former World champion Nien-Chin Chen to reach the women’s 69kg weight semifinal and assured India of another medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, July 30, 2021.
The two-time World championships bronze medallist Lovlina gave a fine performance against an experienced opponent to record a 4-1 victory in the quarterfinals.
Lovlina will be the second Indian woman boxer after Mary Kom, and third overall, to secure an Olympic medal. She has pulled herself up after the disappointing show in the last Rio Olympics in 2016.
The taller Lovlina, who had got a first round bye and had beaten accomplished German boxer Nadine Apetz in the second round, put up an excellent show of long range boxing to stay ahead of her powerful opponent.

As the Indian executed her combinations from a distance, the 24-year-old Nien Chen resorted to holding her opponent and landing punches whenever there was an opportunity.
Lovlina, nevertheless, had a slight edge in the first round as she managed a 3-2 better points.
Chen delivered straight punches in an effort to bridge the gap, but the Indian, showing superb footwork, and Defence smartly bobbed and weaved to earn a 5-0 win in the second round.
The 23-year-old Assamese girl moved out of Chen’s grasp and also landed some scoring shots to take the third round 4-1 lead. In the process, Lovlina also avenged her defeat to Chen in the 2018 World championships semifinals in New Delhi.