World Championships defeat taught me very important lessons: Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain

Tokyo Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain on Tuesday said he learnt a lot from her early exit from the IBA World Championships in Istanbul and is focused on winning a medal for India at the Commonwealth Games. 

World Championships defeat taught me important lessons: Lovlina (AFP Photo)

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain on Tuesday said she did learn a lot from her early exit from the IBA World Championships. The star boxer, who raised hopes after her heroics in Tokyo Olympics, suffered a pre-quarter-final exit in Istanbul.

Even as Nikhat Zareen won the 52kg gold medal to script history, Lovlina failed to live up to expectations in the 70kg category.

Competing in her first international event since her podium finish in Tokyo last year, Lovlina went down to Cindy Ngamba of Fair Chance Team (FCT) 1-4.

“My preparation (for the World Championships) wasn’t that good. After the Olympics, a lot of things have changed. I had to give time to many things, fulfil commitments,” Lovlina said on Tuesday.

Notably, Lovlina was part of the felicitation ceremony of the country’s three medallists in the World Championships — Nikhat, Manisha Moun (bronze, 57kg) and Parveen Hooda (bronze, 63kg).

“But as there is a saying you don’t learn from your wins, you learn from your defeats and this defeat has taught me very important lessons.”

“My main target still remains an Olympic gold but I will have to go step by step for that. So the next step is Commonwealth Games and I want to become champion there,” Lovlina said when asked about her plans for the immediate future and long-term goals.

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