Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain on Friday ensured a medal for India at Tokyo Olympics after defeating Nien-Chin Chen 4-1 in the quarter-final bout in the 69 kg category.
With this win, Lovlina Borgohain entered the semi-finals.
Confirming the news, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) tweeted: “CREATES HISTORY @LovlinaBorgohai
puts up a brilliant performance and secures 1st medal for Flag of India from boxing in 69 kg at
@Tokyo2020. She beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen NC 4-1 in QF to reach semis”.
Earlier on July 27, Lovlina defeated Germany’s 35-year-old Nadine Apetz in the pre-quarters 3-2.
Lovlina, 23, is the first woman from Assam to qualify for Olympics.
On July 22, Lovlina Borgohain made it through to the pre-quarters of Tokyo Olympics due to the withdrawal of her opponent from the mega event.
Lovlina qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in March 2020 by winning the Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.
The Indian boxer from Assam is a two-time World and Asian Championships bronze medallist.
Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen is seeded fourth and a former world champion.
Boxer Nien-Chin Chen was also a silver medallist at the 2019 Asian Championships and defeated Italy’s Angela Carini 3-2 in her pre-quarterfinal bout.