Lovlina Borgohain

Lovlina Borgohain
Born/Date of Birthday: 2 October 1997
Place of Birth: Baromukhia, Barpathar Golaghat, Assam, India
Height: 1.77 m
Nationality: Indian
Stance: Orthodox stance
Weight class: Welterweight
Weight(s): 69 kg (152 lb)
Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Medal record
Women's amateur boxing
Representing: India
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place    2020 Tokyo    Welterweight
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place    2018 New Delhi    Welterweight
Bronze medal – third place    2019 Ulan-Ude    Welterweight
Asian Championships
Bronze medal – third place    2017 Ho Chi Minh City    Welterweight
Bronze medal – third place    2021 Dubai    Welterweight

Lovlina Borgohain (born 2 October 1997) is an Indian amateur boxer who won a bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics 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. A former Muay Thai practitioner, Lovlina, as the youngest of three sister-siblings, got interested in boxing after seeing her twin sisters, Licha and Lima take up kickboxing and followed the same trail. 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.

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.

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 15 October to 5 December 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 which assured her a medal. India women's boxing team head coach Raffaelle Bergamesco told The Times of India in an interview "She wanted to win and that was a fundamental change. Lovlina is a girl who is very attached to her family, to her fellow citizens. I tried to motivate her by shouting that the whole of India was watching her and she could write her own story" In the semifinals she lost to the world no:1 and eventual Tokyo gold medalist Busenaz Sürmeneli and took home the bronze medal.

  • Awards and recognition
  • Civilian awards:
  • Asom Sourav, 2nd highest civilian award of Assam, 2021
  • National awards:
  • Arjuna Award, presented by President Ram Nath Kovind virtually for her outstanding performance in boxing.
  • Khel Ratna Award in 2021, highest sporting honour of India.
  • Rewards

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

  • ₹25 lakh (US$33,000) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
  • ₹1 crore (US$130,000) from the Government of Assam.
  • ₹30 lakh (US$40,000) from the Government of India.
  • ₹3 lakh (US$4,000) from the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee.

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Categories: 1997 births, Indian women boxers, Welterweight boxers, AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships medalists, People from Golaghat district, Recipients of the Arjuna Award, Sportswomen from Assam, Boxers from Assam, Boxers at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Olympic boxers of India, Olympic bronze medalists for India, Olympic medalists in boxing, Medalists at the 2020 Summer Olympics
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