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Borgohain scores over veteran German to enter QF

Last updated on: July 27, 2021 12:41 IST

Lovlina Borgohain will take on Chinese Taipei's fourth seed Nien-Chin Chen next.

India's Lovlina Borgohain evades a punch from Germany's Nadine Apetz (red) during the women's welterweight (64-69kg) bout, at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, on Tuesday.

IMAGE: India's Lovlina Borgohain evades a punch from Germany's Nadine Apetz (red) during the women's welterweight (64-69kg) boxing bout, at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Getty Images

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of women's boxing in her debut Olympics appearance, defeating German veteran Nadine Apetz in a closely-fought last-16 stage bout, in Tokyo, Tuesday.

The lone Indian boxer in action on the day prevailed 3-2 over an opponent 12 years her senior.

 

She will next face Chinese Taipei's fourth seed Nien-Chin Chen, who is a former World champion, on July 30.

Victory over the Chinese will assure Borgohain at least a bronze medal at the mega-event.

Chen, a silver-medallist at the 2019 Asian Championships, defeated Italy's Angela Carini 3-2 in her pre-quarter-final bout.Both boxers were making their Games debut and the Indian became the first from the country's nine-strong team to make the quarter-final stage.

The 23-year-old showed great poise in a tense contest to triumph by the thinnest of margins. She claimed all the three rounds on split points.

The 35-year-old Apetz, a two-time World Championships bronze-medallist and former European champion, was first German woman to qualify for a boxing event at the Olympics.

Borgohain is a two-time World and Asian Championships bronze-medallist.  The youngster from Assam was the aggressor in the opening round before she changed strategy to play the waiting game.

It worked out just fine despite the German's well-placed jabs often troubling the Indian.

Borgohain relied mostly on her left hooks to keep the slender edge.

Apetz, who made the Games cut after reaching the semi-finals of the European Qualification Tournament last year, is a pioneering name in German boxing. She is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience, which she put on hold for a year to prepare for the Olympics.

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