In the Tokyo Olympics 2020, pugilist Lovlina Borgohain is just one more victory away from winning a medal in women’s boxing. The 23-year-old secured a commanding win by defeating German experienced boxer Nadina Aptez in the pre-quarter-final bout on July 27, Tuesday. By winning the bout, the boxer not only advanced to the quarter-final, but also remains now one victory away from securing at least a bronze and even a gold.
— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2021
Some debuts are worth cherishing, lauding and remembering. The Olympic debut of Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain is one of them. The first ever Assamese woman to ever qualify for Olympics and second ever boxer to represent Assam after Shiva Thapa, Lovlina got India to cheer for her daughters by registering a victory over German veteran boxer.
The victory of Borgohain comes after Indian athletes have seemingly faltered their way through the Tokyo Olympics and have been displaying lackluster performances. After multiple disappointing days at the biggest sporting event in the world, the first ever Assamese woman boxer showed a commanding form and defeated Nadine at the Kokugikan Arena today.
The First Round – Cautious Lovlina Starts off Slow
In the first round of the game, Lovlina started off slow and steady and made sure that her defence was impeccable and impenetrable. After settling down, Lovlina used all her energy in the final few minutes and landed a few clean jabs. Though the round was a close one, thanks to a split decision, she was favoured by the 3 of the 5 judges.
The Second Round – Split Decision in Lovlina’s Favour
Having her task cut out for the second round, Lovlina moved into the second round and continued landing jabs and defending her opponent’s punches. However, the two boxers were more interested in cancelling each out and the decision was again taken in Lovlina’s favour.
The Third Round – Opponent Goes Berserk, Lovlina Holds Ground
The third and the most crucial round saw the German pugilist at her most aggressive. She went all guns blazing and extracted clinical defence from her opponent. Lovlina was trapped multiple times into landing unclean blows, but she rooted herself. The final call was similar to the calls made in the first two rounds and Assam’s pride the game through split-decision.
How Can Lovlina Now Win Olympic Medal?
After defeating an opponent 12-years-senior to her, Lovlina has moved into the quarter-final for the Women’s Welterweight category (64-69kg). The 2-time World and Asian Championship bronze medal winner, Lovlina is now one win away from securing a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
While the semi-finalists will be given a bronze at-least despite whichever way the game turns, the finalists will have the scope of a silver medal and a gold medal at stake.
Lovlina Borgohain will now face China’s Nien-Chin Chen. A former world champion, she is seeded fourth and will be a tough competitor for Lovlina, to say the least. Her bout is scheduled for July 30.
How is India Faring at the Olympics 2020?
One another piece of good news coming all the way from Tokyo is that Indian men’s hockey team beat Spain 3-0 in a match where Rupinder Singh and Simranjit Singh shone. With their thumping victory, India have nearly booked the quarterfinal spot. They have a strong Argentinian side to beat and a relatively inexperienced Japanese side to win to be flung into the quarterfinals.
Unfortunately, these have only been the piece of good news from Tokyo Olympics. Indian Shooters Manu Bhaker – Saurabh Chaudhary and Yashaswini Deswal – Abhishek Verma both misfired and failed to qualify for their medal rounds.
Similarly, India’s men double’s pairs for badminton too failed to qualify for the quarterfinals.