Up against quite literally a bully in the ring, Borgohain was completely out-punched by the gold medal favourite, who produced a thoroughly dominating performance in Olympics.
Hyderabad: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain fell to the experienced and top seed Busenaz Surmeneli from Turkey as she went down 0-5 in the 69kg semifinal bout to settle for a bronze, at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
Having sealed a medal for the country after conquering Chinese Taipei boxer Chen Nien-Chin in the quarterfinal on Friday, the 23-year-old India was outboxed by the Turkey pugilist.
Lovlina started well in the first round but the Turkish pugilist dominated the next two rounds by landing powerful punches. The second round was no different. Lovlina seemed to have no answers to the powerful punches that unsettled the Indian. The script didn’t change in the final round either as Surmeneli showed her superior skills to seal the bout and an entry into the gold medal match.
Stalin tweeted, “I am pleased to know that Lovlina Borgohain, hailing from a small village of Assam and fighting against all odds, won the third medal for India in Olympics and kept the promise she made to her mother. Her life serves as a great inspiration to all Indians than the bronze she won.”
With this bronze, Lovlina became the third boxer from the country after Vijender Singh (2008) and Mary Kom (2012) to win a boxing medal at the Olympics.
She is the first Indian boxer from the current contingent to achieve a podium finish in Tokyo. The Assam-born pugilist showed great class with a tremendous counter-attacking game to emerge victorious. The 23-year-old, a two-time World and Asian championships bronze medalist, had met Chen four times before. She never defeated the Chinese Taiper counterpart in her previous clashes.
It is the third medal for India at Tokyo Games after Mirabai Chanu’s weightlifting silver and PV Sindhu’s badminton bronze medal 🏅 in Olympics.