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Tokyo Olympics: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain settles for bronze after losing semi-final against world champ

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 (12:13 IST)
Tokyo: India's boxing sensation Lovlina Borgohain settled for bronze after going down to top seed Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the semi-final of women's Welter (64-69kg) category via unanimous decision here on Wednesday.

Lovlina lost the first round 0:5 as all the judges gave the decision in favour of the Turkish boxer. The Indian boxer was warned and a point was deducted of her total points in the second round.

In the third and final round, Lovlina was outsmarted by the reigning world champion. With a bronze medal, Lovlina became only the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal.

In the quarter-final, Lovlina moved into the semis with a 4:1 win over Chinese Taipei's Nien-Chin Chen.

PM Modi congratulated Lovlina for winning the Bronze medal at Tokyo 2020. PM Modi wrote on Twitter, “Well fought Lovlina Borgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours.”

Earlier in the day, wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia won their initial two bouts to reach semi-finals.

Both wrestlers will be in action later in the day and a win will assure both of at least a silver medal. (Inputs from UNI)

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