New Delhi: Lovlina Borgohain's "dogged determination" drew all-round praise as the country raised a toast to the young boxer for winning a bronze medal in her maiden Olympic Games.
Borgohain (69kg) signed off with a bronze medal after a 0-5 loss to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli on Wednesday, bringing an end to the country's boxing campaign in Tokyo and adding a third medal to its overall tally.
"...With your hard work and dogged determination, you have done the nation proud. Your Bronze medal in boxing at the Olympics Games will inspire the youth, especially young women, to battle with challenges and turn their dreams into reality," President Ram Nath Kovind wrote on his twitter handle.
The 23-year-old's bronze came after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and shuttler PV Sindhu had secured a silver and bronze respectively, and her achievement received praise from the Prime Minister.
Borgohain stood up to the strong challenge of her opponent but came undone after Surmeneli got down to connecting her vicious hooks and body shots.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, however, lauded her effort.
Former sports minister Kiren Rijiju
Wishing Borgohain for her success, BCCI secretary Jay Shah wrote:
Borgohain is the third Indian boxer to ensure a podium finish at the showpiece after Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012) and Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh hailed her as a "future World Champion" and a "role model".
India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra also congratulated Borgohain for her "stellar run" at the Olympics and shared his thoughts in a letter posted on twitter.
Former sportspersons, including cricketers, also took to the social media to wish the boxer from Assam.
Former India cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar said: