Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain took home the bronze medal after going down fighting in women’s welterweight semi-final to the top seed from Turkey Busenaz Surmeneli on Wednesday. It used to be India’s third medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. With the bronze, Lovlina became only the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom, both also bronze medal winners, to win an Olympic medal.
After her bout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Lovlina and congratulated her on winning the bronze medal.
PM told her that her accomplishment at the Tokyo Games is a “testament to the talent and tenacity of our Nari Shakti.”
The PM also added that Lovlina’s success is a “matter of huge pride for each Indian.”
Mannered 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
“Mannered 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,” PM Modi had earlier tweeted.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir too praised Lovlina and said she’s boxer her way into history.
You’ve boxed your way into history #Lovlina! Superb! pic.twitter.com/GvM9HGCOa0
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 4, 2021
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, applauded Lovlina’s fantastic effort at the Tokyo Games.
Heartiest congratulations to @LovlinaBorgohai for winning the bronze medal at #Olympics2020.
Your fantastic effort has made our country proud! Wishing you a very bright future ahead.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 4, 2021
Here are the other reactions after Lovlina won the bronze medal.
Dear @LovlinaBorgohai , you have made our country proud! Hearty congratulations on winning Olympic Bronze medal! We are extremely proud of your achievement!#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/M4FDjENZ0w
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 4, 2021
Lovlina, you gave your best punch !
India is extremely proud of what you have achieved !
You’ve achieved a medal in your first Olympics; the journey has just begun!
Mannered done @LovlinaBorgohai !#Boxing #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/kIW7qkeze5
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 4, 2021
Lovlina missing the first round via a split decision to Surmeneli and in the second one round a point used to be deducted from her complete as she received a warning from the in-ring official.
In the third and ultimate round, the reigning world champion outboxed the Indian.
Lovlina, in her maiden appearance at the Olympics, had the chance to grow to be the first Indian boxer to achieve the ultimate.
Lovlina had assured herself of a medal with a 4:1 quarterfinal win over Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen earlier in the quadrennial event.
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