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Lovlina Borgohain vows to break jinx

Lovlina will be competing in the 75kg category in the championships scheduled to begin here on March 15

PTI New Delhi Published 11.03.23, 05:56 AM
Lovlina Borgohain.

Lovlina Borgohain. File picture

Lovlina Borgohain, Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist in women’s boxing, is confident that her move to a higher weight category will help her break the jinx of not winning a gold in major international tournament when the IBA Women’s World Championships begins later this month.

Lovlina will be competing in the 75kg category in the championships scheduled to begin here on March 15.

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Earlier, she won two World Championships bronze and a third place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 69kg category.

The focus in the prestigious tournament will be as much on India’s ace boxer Nikhat Zareen retaining her gold, as it will on Lovlina breaking the jinx.

The 25-year-old pugilist from Assam secured third position in both the 2018 and 2019 Women’s World Championships and ended up with another bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, prompting people to say the talented athlete was not giving it her best shot.

But Lovlina denied it, saying she always enters the ring with the single-minded commitment to give it her “100 per cent”.

“Yes, that (not winning gold) is at the back of my mind. But I am desperate to change the colour of the medal this time around. The preparations are going well (in Patiala) and I hope I can break that jinx on home turf,” said Lovlina.

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