In the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Indian pugilist Lovlina Borgohain cliched the bronze medal as she went down fighting against the world champion Busenaz Surmeneli. Lovlina was playing the semi-final of the 69kg category event and was paired up against the reigning world champion. However, her gold and silver dreams came to a screeching halt as she suffered a 5-0 defeat against her Turkish opponent.
Bronze for #IND!
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 4, 2021
Indian pride Lovlina Borgohain had to settle by finishing her campaign with a bronze. Although she was aiming for a gold, and so were over a billion Indians across the world, Lovlina was outpowered, outplayed and out maneuvered by her Turkish opponent who’s also the current world champion.
But the brown metal too shan’t be considered anything less than historic, given the fact that this was India’s only 3rd medal so far in the 12 days of the Olympics where India has sent its largest ever contingent.
Context: The Epic Gladiator-like Bout
With her bronze medal win, Borgohain has become the third Indian boxer ever to win an Olympic medal. Prior to her, only veteran boxer Vijender Singh and legendary pugilist MC Mary Kom brought home an Olympic medal. While Singh brought a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, Kom bagged the bronze in the London Olympics.
Moreover, Borgohain clinched the second bronze for her country after ace shuttler PV Sindhu won her bronze bout last Sunday. So far, India hasn’t won any gold medals this season and there has been only 1 silver medal won by Mirabai Chanu in the weightlifting event.
Round 1 Begins
Playing in blue, Lovlina was forced to go on defensive as Busenaz started off in her aggressive self. Lovlina took her fair share of time to settle in and eventually managed to throw a few clean punches. However, it was Busenaz show in the first round as she was dictating the pace of the round. In the final few minutes of the first round, Busenaz changed the gears and started firing on all cylinders.
The first round was unanimously in favour of Busenaz with her getting 5 10s and her opponent receiving 5 9s.
Round 2 Begins
With the second round underway, Lovlina was looking to script a comeback and showed impressive grit and aggression after losing the first round. However, her opponent showed what a reigning champion is capable of taking and Busenaz didn’t lose the sight of big picture as she defended well. In the final few minutes, Lovlina and Busenaz both landed a few clean and powerful punches.
The bell was rung and Busenaz was given 5 10s and much akin to the previous round, Lovlina got 5 9s.
Round 3 Begins
The third and final round was underway with Lovlina putting up a strong face but losing the grip to her opponent. Lovlina was thrown off to the backfoot while starting on front foot. Her strategy was simple, aim for a KO (knockout) as she was trailing behind. However, she was thrown off the game as Surmeneli out of nowhere connected a painful left hook and a subsequent uppercut.
Although Lovlina appeared to be unfazed and tried giving her best, by the end, Surmeneli ended the game with 5-0.
Well fought @LovlinaBorgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours. #Tokyo2020
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 4, 2021