Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain kicked off her world championship campaign in impressive style after winning 3-2 against former world champion Chen Nien-Chin in the opening bout of the 70 kg. The Taipei girl entered the game as the favorite with a 3-1 lead over Indian in one-on-one battles.
Chen had also beaten Lovlina in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Championship, while the Indian’s only victory against the former was at Tokyo 2020. Olympic Games quarters. As for the match, both boxers started cautiously and were slow to get going. But in the second and third round, they both threw big punches at each other, but Lovlina was a bit better in her defense.
She will now face Cindy Ngamba in the round of 16 match on Friday. Meanwhile, Nitu will start his campaign in the 48kg, against Steluta Duta. Four other Indians – Shiksha (54kg), Manisha (57kg), Ankushita (66kg) and Nandini (+81kg) – were byes in their respective first rounds.
In the last edition of the competition held in Russia in 2019, the Indians were only able to win one silver medal and three bronze medals. In all, they total 36 medals, including nine gold, eight silver and 19 bronze in 11 editions, just behind China and Russia.
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