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'Well Fought Lovlina': PM Modi Praises Bronze-Winning Boxer Who Took on World Champ at Olympics

© REUTERS / CARL RECINETokyo 2020 Olympics - Boxing - Women's Welterweight - Semifinal - Kokugikan Arena - Tokyo, Japan - 4 August 2021 - Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in action against Lovlina Borgohain of India
Tokyo 2020 Olympics -  Boxing - Women's Welterweight - Semifinal - Kokugikan Arena - Tokyo, Japan - 4 August 2021 - Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in action against Lovlina Borgohain of India  - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.08.2021
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Lovlina Borgohain is the second Indian woman in history after the legendary Mary Kom to claim a medal in boxing at the Olympics. On Wednesday, Lovlina wasn't able to take first or second place, eventually winning the bronze in the women's welterweight event as she lost to world champion Busenaz Surmeneli.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded boxer Lovlina Borgohain for her 'never-say-die' attitude at the Tokyo Olympics. Her unflinching spirit found special mention in Modi's tweet after she won a bronze medal at the mega event. 
Despite the semifinal contest between Lovlina and Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli turning out to be a lop-sided affair as the Indian boxer was beaten 5-0 at Tokyo's Kokugikan Arena, her achievement was celebrated by the country's leading sports stars, politicians and fans on social media.
The 23-year-old's success earned India its third medal in boxing at the Olympics.
Before Lovlina, only two Indian boxers had won a medal at the quadrennial sports mega-event. 
Vijender Singh was the first Indian to win a medal in the sport, clinching a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 before Mary Kom replicated his feat at the London Games in 2012.
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