Lovlina Borgohain

Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain crashed out in the quarterfinals of the light middleweight category in the Commonwealth Games, missing out on a medal.

Lovlina, who had easily won her first-round match, lost to Rosie Eccles of Wales, a silver medallist at the 2018 Games in Gold Coast who is hoping to upgrade her silver to gold in Birmingham.

While Lovlina was there in Tokyo, Eccles had failed to make it to the Great Britain team. But the experienced boxer on August 4 (IST) came up with the goods in a narrow verdict, winning 3-2 on points.

Playing from red corner in the over 66-70 kg division, Lovlina started well and won the first round as per four judged while one rated in favour of Eccles.

The second round went in favour of the Wales boxer as she was more aggressive while Olympic medalist was even given a warning and had a point deducted from her tally. Just like the first round, the second went into Lovlina. The boxer from Assam did her best to recover but the Wales boxer did not give her enough chances.

It was clearly a big setback for India as besides Lovlina, India suffered a big setback for the Commonwealth Games as Ashish Kumar too lost his bout. Lovlina had reached Birmingham with such preparations, as she announced that she will do her best to win a medal.

She had also alleged mental harassment for not being allowed her personal coach. Later Boxing Federation of India (BFI) arranged to get her the coach Sandhya Gurung in the Games Village at the cost of national coach Bhaskar Bhatt and team doctor. As per the norms only 33 percent support staff of the contingent is allowed.

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