Lovlina Borgohain, a two-time World Championships bronze medalist, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 69 kg at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 on Tuesday, keeping the Indian boxing contingent’s medal chances alive. At the Kokugikan Arena, the 23-year-old defeated Germany’s Nadine Apetz, a two-time World Championships bronze medallist.
Here are three takeaways from Lovlina Borgohain’s gold medal performance in the Olympics.
After a slow start, #1 Lovlina Borgohain unleashed her rage.
Lovlina Borgohain got off to a poor start as she assessed her opponent. In fact, throughout the majority of the first round, the Indian kept a low profile and intelligently chose her chances to throw her jabs.
The Assamese came out of the blocks in the second round with double the enthusiasm and determination after the judges divided the points in favor of the Indian.
Lovlina Borgohain began releasing a violent combination of her right and left hand jabs with a proactive attitude. Apetz strained to avoid the attack as the intensity became too much for him to handle. Later on, her attempts to avoid and block the Indian were unsuccessful, as Lovlina appeared to be gaining confidence as the round went.
The judges were thrilled by the 23-year-assertiveness, old’s and the Indian won the second round by a split decision.
𝗙𝗔𝗕𝗨𝗟𝗢𝗨𝗦 🤩— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) July 27, 2021
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After winning the first two rounds, the assured Lovlina dialed back her aggression and conserved her energy. The Indian’s safe and calculated approach paid off handsomely.
In the final round, Lovlina defended effectively and kept the pressure on the German by picking the right moments to strike her punches. Apetz had no chance of making a comeback thanks to Borgohain’s shrewd strategy, as he was easily defeated.
#3 Lovlina joins Mary Kom as the 2nd Indian boxer to win a round at Tokyo Olympics
The Indian boxing team has had a terrible few days in Tokyo, with only one out of four boxers winning a round. Mary Kom, the London Olympics bronze medalist, is the only boxer still in contention for a second medal at the massive quadrennial Games.
Lovlina Borgohain joined the six-time world champion on the winning side today, giving the female boxers a two-for-two record. Unfortunately, India’s male boxers have yet to compete, with Vikas Krishan, Manish Kaushik, and Ashish Kumar all withdrawing from the Games thus far.