After a 0-5 loss against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli here on Wednesday, Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) signed out with a bronze medal in the Olympic Games, bringing the country’s campaign in the sport to a close.
Yet its a matter of pride for whole of the nation as she added up a medal in the medal tally of India.
Here is how our Prime Minister congratulated her with his tweet:
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
The Indian got off to a good start, holding her own against a formidable opponent, but she was undone once Surmeneli began to connect her devastating hooks and body punches.
Borgohain was particularly punished in the third round, when she was given two standing eight counts.
Nonetheless, Borgohain goes home a history-maker as the 23-year-old, who started her career as a Muay Thai practitioner, has become only the third Indian boxer to ensure a podium finish at the showpiece after Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012).
Here is also the first Olympic medal in Indian boxing in nine years.
Surmeneli is also 23 and has collected two gold medals this year internationally.