The 23-year-old Boxer Lovlina Borgohain secured the second medal for India at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Lovlina, taking part in her first Olympic Games out-punched Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen to win the women’s Welter (64-69kg) last 8 bout via a split decision marking her entry in the semi-final at the Tokyo Games.
She defeated NC Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the women’s boxing quarterfinals to assure a second Tokyo Olympic medal for India.
After Vijender Singh in 2008 and Mary Kom in 2012, both bronzes, Borgohain is the only third boxer ever from India to win an Olympic medal. In Olympic boxing, both losing semifinalists get the bronze. She will become the first Indian boxer in an Olympic final if she wins the semifinal match.
She will now fight with Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey on August 4.
On the other hand, the World No. 1 archer Deepika Kumari crashed out of the quarterfinals in the Women’s Archery Individual event, losing to South Korea’s An San on Friday. Earlier in the day, the Indian archer had defeated ROC’s Ksneia Perova to seal a berth in the quarterfinals.
The Indian women’s hockey team also registered their first win of the campaign, sealing a 1-0 win vs Ireland.
The men’s hockey team will be high on confidence when they take on Japan after having beaten defending Olympic champions Argentina yesterday. PV Sindhu defeated Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark on Thursday, and will take on Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals.