Lovlina Borgohain loses to Busenaz Surmeneli


Guwahati: Assam champion boxer Lovlina Borgohain loses to Busenaz Srmeneli of Turkey 0-5 in the semi-finals of boxing in the women’s Welter (64-69kg) category at Tokyo Olympics.

Lovlina had a tough Round of 16 bouts against Germany’s Nadine Apetz where she won via a split decision. She finished her Tokyo Olympics campaign with a bronze after losing in the semifinals 

Lovlina becomes the third Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal, after Vijender Singh (men’s middleweight bronze, Beijing 2008) and MC Mary Kom (women’s flyweight bronze, London 2012)

This is India’s second bronze at this Olympics after PV Sindhu also won a bronze in badminton. India’s only other medal at this Olympics came in the form of weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s silver in the 49kg division.

Lovlina, currently the World No. 3, had earlier beaten World No. 2 Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the quarterfinals to ensure herself a medal. Turkey’s Surmeneli had won both her previous matches at this Olympics by unanimous decision and she won this match in a similar fashion too.

Lovlina had defeated highly-accomplished opponents in her two previous rounds. Chen was a former world champion, while the round of 16 opponent Nadine Apetz is also a two-time medalist at the Worlds, winning bronze in 2016 and 2018.

Notably, Lovlina is the first woman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics and is the second boxer from the state to represent the country after Shiva Thapa.