GUWAHATI: Assam's daughter Lovlina became just the second female boxer after MC Mary Kom to win an Olympic bronze medal.
After winning the bronze medal for India at the Olympics, the 23-year-old boxer took to Twitter and wrote-
"It has been a wonderful journey to Tokyo Olympics. Finally, my years of preparation have yielded me an Olympic medal.
Although I was aiming for Gold, there's always a next time and hopefully in the 2024 Paris Olympics. I thank my entire nation for their prayers and wishes and also dedicate this medal to my country.
This journey won't be possible without the acknowledgment of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), Ministry of Sports, Sports Authority of India, TOPS, OGQ, Assam Government, my chief coach Raffaele Bergamasco sir, personal coach Sandhya Gurung ma'am, sports scientist Amey Kolekar sir, physio Hemanta Kolita sir, nutritionist, all coaches, IOS Sports, and boxing fraternity for their constant support. My family has played a pivotal role in my success.
They were there with me during thick and thin, especially my mother who motivated me a lot despite her illness. Jai Hind"
She further added, "I am happy but could not perform well in the semi-final", she added.
After the semi-final event in which 23-year old Lovlina who secured a bronze in the welterweight boxing spoke to the media and said that her defeat in the semi-final has brought some frustration to her.
The young pugilist who is regarded as the pride of Assam, as well as the country by all the people, also said, " I could have performed well. But that did not happen." A few days ago the Assam government has constructed the road connecting Lovilna's home at Sarupathar. Mentioning this she added, " This time a new thing waits for me. I would like to commute on the new road. I am staying outside from home for a long time."
Notably, Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) brought home India's second bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics after shuttler PV Sindhu as she went down swinging in her 69kg welterweight semifinal against Busenaz Surmeneli on Wednesday (August 4).
Lovlina became just the second female boxer after MC Mary Kom to win an Olympic bronze medal. Mary Kom had won the 2012 London Olympics bronze.