Tokyo Olympics, Boxing: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain enters semi-finals, confirms India's second medal


Tokyo Olympics: Lovlina Borgohain has assured India's second medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Female boxer Lovlina is entering the Olympics for the first time. India has got one silver medal so far.

New Delhi. Indian female boxer Lovlina Borgohain has assured India's second medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She has reached the semi-finals of the welterweight category (64-69 kg). With this, at least his bronze medal has been confirmed. She is entering the Olympics for the first time. In the quarterfinal match, Lovlina defeated Nien Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-1. She got a bye in the first round, while in the round of 16, she defeated 35-year-old German boxer Nadine Apetz 3-2. Earlier, female weightlifter, Mirabai Chanu has won the silver medal.

Lovlina Borgohain is a two-time bronze medalist at the World Championships and a one-time Asian Championships bronze medalist. Before Lovlina, female boxer MC Mary Kom won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Only two female boxers have won medals in Olympic history. In the men's category, Vijender Singh won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lovlina will take on Anna Lysenko of Turkey in the semi-finals. Lysenko, 25, is the world champion of 2019.

There is hope from Pooja Rani too

Apart from 23-year-old Lovlina Borgohain from Assam, female boxer Pooja Rani is also still in the medal race. She will take on China's Qian Li in the quarter-finals on July 31. At the same time, MC Mary Kom and Simranjit Kaur have been out after losing in the round-16. Four women players from India had qualified for the Olympics.

Boxer Simranjit was out after losing in the first match at the Olympics

Indian boxer Simranjit Kaur (60kg) crashed out of the pre-quarterfinals after losing to Sudaporn Sissondi of Thailand in her Olympic Games debut. Fourth seed Simranjeet lost 0-5. Performing effectively in the first round, he tried to put pressure on the opponent and made good counter-attacks. The judges, however, unanimously ruled in favor of the Thai boxer, which affected Simranjeet's performance in the second round.