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Lovlina Borgohain
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Rated at 69 kg
Height 1.81m
Nationality Indian
Born 2 October 1997 (1997-10-02) (age 23)
Baromukhia, Barpathar Golaghat, Assam, India

Lovlina Borgohain (born 2 October 1997) is an Indian amateur boxer and an Olympic medal winner. She won a bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics (Tokyo) in the Women's welterweight event, becoming only the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics. She also won bronze medal at the 2018 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships and the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships. She won the gold medal at 1st India Open International Boxing Tournament held in New Delhi and silver medal at 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati. Borgohain is the first female athlete and the second boxer from Assam to represent the state in the Olympics. In 2020, she became the sixth person from Assam to receive Arjuna Award.

Early life

Borgohain was born on 2 October 1997, and hails from the Golaghat district of Assam. Her parents are Tiken and Mamoni Borgohain. Her father Tiken is a small-scale businessman and struggled financially to support his daughter's ambition. Her elder twin sisters Licha and Lima also competed at the national level at kickboxing, but did not pursue it beyond that. Lovlina too started her career as a kickboxer, but switched to boxing later when she found the opportunity to do so. The Sports Authority of India held trials at her high school Barpathar Girls High School, where Borgohain participated. She was noticed and selected by renowned Coach Padum Chandra Bodo at the SAI STC Guwahati from 2012 to learn basics of boxing and to achieve the excellence in boxing. She was later coached by Sandhya Gurung.

Boxing career

Borgohain's career's biggest break came when she was selected to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games welterweight boxing category. However, her announcement was the subject of controversy after it was found out that she hadn't received any official intimation about her selection. She found out about her selection after the story broke at a major media outlet. At the Commonwealth Games, she lost to Sandy Ryan from the UK in the quarterfinals. Sandy Ryan eventually went on to win gold in that category.

Her selection in the CWG 2018 was attributed to her success at the inaugural India Open – an international boxing championship held in February 2018 – where she won a gold medal in the welterweight category. She had also won the bronze medal at the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam in November 2017 and the bronze medal at the President's Cup held in Astana in June 2017.

She later won a silver medal at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia in June 2018 and a bronze medal at the 13th International Silesian Championship in Poland in September 2018.

Borgohain defeated Morocco's Bel Ahbib Oumayma 5-0 in her last 16-clash in the 69-kg category at Women's World Boxing Championships.

Borgohain won a bronze medal in Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 held in August 2021.

2018 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

She represented India for the first time at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, held in New Delhi, where she won the bronze medal in the Welterweight(69 kg) category on 23 November 2018.

2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

Borgohain got selected for her second Women's World Boxing Championships (2019) in Ulan-Ude, Russia, from 3–13 October without trials. She was defeated by China's Yang Liu in the 69 kg category semi-final by 2-3 and had to settle with the bronze medal.

In 2019, Borgohain signed up with sports management firm Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) which will handle her endorsements and commercial interests.

2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament

In March 2020, Borgohain secured the Olympic berth in the 69 kg with a 5-0 win over Maftunakhon Melieva of Uzbekistan in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. With this, she has become the first ever sportswoman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics. She lost to the 2018 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships silver-medallist Gu Hong of China in a unanimous 5-0 verdict and signed off with a Bronze medal at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers.

World Olympic Qualifying Event

Borgohain, Women’s 69 kg boxer, trained at Assisi, Italy from October 15 to December 5 for World Olympic qualifying event scheduled for May – June 2021.

2020 Tokyo Olympics

She defeated the German boxer Nadine Apetz in the primary rounds and on 30 July 2021, she defeated Taiwan's Chen Nien-chin and assured her medal. In the semifinals she lost to the world no:1 Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey and took home the bronze medal. Lovlina lost the first round 0:5 and was warned and a point was deducted of her total points in the second round. In the final third round, Lovlina was beaten by the reigning world champion.

Awards and recognition

For winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics -

  • INR25 lakh (equivalent to INR25 lakh or US$43,000 in 2017) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
  • INR1 crore (US$170,000) from BYJU'S
  • INR50 lakh (US$85,000) from the Government of Assam.
  • INR30 lakh (equivalent to INR30 lakh or US$51,000 in 2017) from the Government of India.
  • INR3 lakh (equivalent to INR3.0 lakh or US$5,100 in 2017) from the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee.
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