India’s Lovlina Borgohain took home a bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics after losing her semi-final bout in women’s welterweight (64-69kg) boxing to Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey via unanimous decision on Wednesday. Borgohain became the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom to win a medal at the Olympic Games. Both pugilists started off on a cautious note but Surmeneli, who is the reigning world champion in the category, won the opening round by a score of 5-0 to grab an early advantage.
Borgohain attempted to fight back in the next round but struggled to breach Surmeneli’s staunch defence. She also had a point deducted, having earlier received a warning, after landing a punch on Surmeneli while the fighters were being separated by the referee.
Having won the second round as well, Surmeneli finished things off by holding off Borgohain in the third round to clinch victory via unanimous decision.
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