Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain ensured a medal in the women’s 69kg category at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-chin, a former world champion, in the quarter-finals.

Lovlina Borgohain will face Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli, the top seed, in the semi-finals but will win a bronze even if she loses.

Lovlina qualified for the semi-finals and hence is assured of at least a bronze medal. Lovlina will now take on top-seeded Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the semi-final bout on August 4.

Lovlina became only the second Indian female boxer and third overall after Mary Kom bronze at London 2012) and Vijender Singh to clinch an Olympic medal.

The 23-year-old Lovlina, fighting from the red corner, won her bout by a 4:1 split decision at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. Against an opponent she has never beaten before in 3 attempts, including the 2018 world championships semi-finals, Lovlina Borgohain looked to go on the offensive early.

The Indian landed a few body blows and left jab and hook combo towards the starting of the first round but Chen Nien-chin responded with some smouldering rights of her own towards the end.

The judges ruled the opening round 3:2 in favour of Lovlina Borgohain.

Chinese Taipei boxer trying more aggressive moves to seize the lead in the second round, Lovlina Borgohain used her height well to keep her distance and crept in some effective scoring punches at opportune moments.

It was a clean sweep for the Indian in the judges’ end-of-round scorecards.

Chen needing an overwhelming third round to flip the script, Lovlina Borgohain stuck to her gameplan and focused on negating Chen’s desperate attacks and ensured her win and the medal.

This will be India’s second medal at Tokyo after Mirabai Chanu’s silver in weightlifting.

Lovlina had beaten Germany’s Nadine Apetz in the Round of 16.

 

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