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Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain bags bronze at Asian Boxing Championship

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GUWAHATI: Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain won bronze in the 69kg category at the Asian Boxing Championship held in Dubai on Monday.

Following her win Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma Tweeted, “A great day for us as Assam’s @LovlinaBorgohai  brings us glory in form of a bronze in 69 kg welterweight at the #AsianBoxingChampionships. Our heartiest congratulations to you on this feat. With your determination, you shall only soar higher. Blessings and best wishes.”

 

 

Another Indian pugilist Shiva Thapa (64kg) too suffered a close defeat by split 2-3 against the Asian Games silver medallist Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig.

The 19-member Indian contingent has secured an unprecedented 15 medals and ensured the country’s best-ever show surpassing the previous best of 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver, and 7 bronze) achieved during the 2019 edition in Bangkok.

Earlier, during a high-voltage 52kg summit clash between the top two seeds, both the boxers showed great skills and attacked from the word go. The second round saw defending champion Panghal taking time as he was more accurate, hit timely punches with more power, and was sharp in defense as well. However, Shakhobidin fought back well in time and managed to tilt the game in his favour.

Later Sanjeet (91kg) will play their respective finals. Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) have secured bronze medals in the men’s section with their semi-final finish.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated USD 4,00,000 prize money for this Championships. The gold medallists of men’s and women’s categories are awarded USD 10,000 while both the silver and bronze medal winners take home USD 5,000 and 2,500 respectively.

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