Debutant Lovlina Borgohain has assured India of their first boxing medal at the ongoing Olympic Games when she upstaged former world champion Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei to enter the semifinals on July 30.
The 23-year-old Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to make the last-four where she will square off against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who hammered Ukraine's Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout. Borgohain fights in the 69KG welterweight category.
Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, displayed tremendous calm in the face of a plucky opponent, who had beaten her in the past.The country have been waiting on a second medal after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu opened the account on July 24.
That feeling when you assure your country of an Olympic medal in your debut appearance!
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Here's all you need to know about this Indian boxer:
She is the first woman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics. She is also the second boxer from the state to represent the country after Shiva Thapa.
Speaking about achievements, she had won a Bronze medal at the 2018 and 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships where represented India for the first time. In 2018, she won a gold medal at 1st India Open International Boxing Tournament held in New Delhi. She has also won Silver medal at 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati.
In 2020, she was awarded the Arjuna Award by President Ram Nath Kovind virtually for her outstanding performance in boxing.In 2020, Lovlina made her place in the Tokyo Olympics after winning a bronze medal in the Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifiers.
After losing at CWG 2018, Borgohain decided to focus on mental toughness. In a chat with the Olympic Channel, she revealed why she started meditation. “It wasn’t until then (the loss of the CWG) that I realized that physical fitness wasn’t that important. Playing big tournaments put a lot of stress on it, and I realized the psychological side of the sport. I meditated to improve my psyche, which also helped me develop strategies between matches, after which performance began to improve."