Indian Boxer Lovlina Borgohain lost to Turkish world champion Busenaz Sürmeneli. The 23-year-old girl from Assam, who had started her career as a Muay Thai practitioner, is only the third Indian boxer to ensure a podium finish at the showpiece. Only Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012) were the ones to win medals for India.
India’s Lovlina Borgohain lost the semi-final to top seed Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the women’s Welter (64-69kg) category via unanimous decision on Wednesday. Lovlina lost the first round 0:5 as all the judges gave the decision in favour of the Turkish boxer.
Bronze for #IND!
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 4, 2021
With a bronze medal, Lovlina became only the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal. In the quarterfinal, Lovlina punched her way through to the semis with a 4:1 win over Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen.
The Turkish boxer won a silver medal at the women’s European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in 2017. Currently ranked 2nd in the world, she won bronze at the 2019 women’s European Amateur Boxing Championships. Surmeneli bagged a gold in the welterweight category in February 2020 at the 64th Bocskai István Memorial International Boxing Tournament.
Lovlina Borgohain put up a brave fight but Busenaz Surmeneli was too good for her in the #Boxing – Women’s Welterweight Semifinals at #Tokyo2020 #Olympics #Cheer4India #TeamIndia #IND pic.twitter.com/sGUmdAFNqu
— Sportskeeda India (@Sportskeeda) August 4, 2021
Meanwhile, In javelin throw, India’s Neeraj Chopra qualified for the men’s final in his first attempt itself as he went past the automatic qualification mark of 83.50m easily. Chopra registered a throw of 86.65m and topped Group A.