Did Lovlina win a gold medal? Or did she win either a silver or bronze? Well, we now knome the color of her medal.
Boxer Lovlina Borgohain defeated the Chinese Taipei's Chen Nien-Chin 4-1 to assure India of its second medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, she has to settle for a bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics as she goes down against Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinals later today.
Then why everyone celebrated after she won her quarterfinal bout?
Because just qualifying for the semifinal in boxing assures you of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
This is because that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Boxing Task Force (BTF) or the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) does not hold a bronze-medal playoff in boxing. It indirectly means that whoever has qualified for the semifinal in boxing will walk away with an Olympic medal around their neck.
So, what colour medal has Lovlina exactly won?
The pugilist from Assam scripted history as she defeated Chinese Taipei's Chen Nien-Chin in the quarterfinal and assured atleast a medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics.
But she has lost her semifinal bout to Turkey's Surmeneli Busenaz, and now has to settle for a bronze at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
But, on the other hand, if she had won the semifinal bout against Busenaz, then she would have advancef to the final of Women's Welterweight to fight for the gold medal.
Even after her semifinal loss to the reigning world champion, Lovlina has made her country proud by becoming just the third Indian boxer ever to win a medal at the Olympics.