Lovlina’s journey to an Olympic medal

Tokyo: A week ago, Baro Mukhia village in Assam’s Golaghat district had connectivity with the world through a muddy road. Now, people in the state are working hard to turn the road into a concrete one.

Thanks to Lovlina Borgohain’s bronze medal in the welterweight category at the Tokyo Olympics, the village is now getting those things which they have been deprived of in the past.

The 23-year-old Lovlina, who started with Muay Thai, a form of martial arts, lost her semifinal bout to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey at the Tokyo Olympics.

It was a bout where Busenaz out-boxed Lovlina. But the Assamese boxer had already got her name in the list of Olympic medallists from India after defeating Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t want to stop on bronze. I want to go for the gold. There is only one. That is gold,” Lovlina had said during the media interaction last Friday. Though she failed to go for gold, Lovlina became the third Indian boxer to be on the Olympics podium after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom in 2008 and 2012 Olympics, respectively.

Lovlina’s journey from Baro Mukhia to Tokyo has been inspiring. She has managed to get her way through various obstacles to win a medal at the Olympics.

Now with the Olympics bronze medal, Lovlina has the licence to go high after a long journey to the podium at Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 points table

Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally:


Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 32 22 16 70
2 USA 25 31 23 79
3 Japan 21 7 12 40
4 Great Britain 15 18 15 48
5 Australia 15 4 17 36
6 India 0 1 2 3
Image courtesy of (TOI)

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