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Tokyo Olympics: Lovlina Gets Bronze in Boxing; India's 3rd Medal at Tokyo 2020

Lovlina Borgohain lost to Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli by unanimous decision in the women's welterweight (69 kg) semifinal at Tokyo Olympics. Lovlina Borgohain went down to top-seeded Turkish boxer Busenaz Surmeneli 0-5 in the welterweight semifinals at Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday. Lovlina, the 23-year-old had already assured India of their first boxing medal at the ongoing Olympic Games when she upstaged former world champion, Nien-Chin Chen of Taiwan, to enter the semis.

The two boxers, facing each other for the first time in their careers, looked to take the game to their opponent in the opening round. While Surmeneli ensured she didn’t allow Borgohain any distance to take advantage of her height, the Indian obliged by engaging the Turk in close quarters. It looked even at the start with both exchanging jabs but Surmeneli switched up a gear in the closing stages of the first round and landed some scoring left hooks. The judges ruled the first round unanimously in Surmeneli’s favor.

With the bronze already secured, Lovlina Borgohain became only the second Indian female boxer after MC Mary Kom (bronze at London 2012) to win an Olympic medal. Vijender Singh (bronze at Beijing 2008) is the only Indian men’s boxer with an Olympic medal. Lovlina’s loss also brings India’s Tokyo 2020 boxing campaign to an end.

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