India rejoice at Sindhu’s second Olympic medal

New Delhi, Aug 01 (PTI): PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics when she beat He Bing Jiao in the women’s singles bronze medal match on Sunday. Sindhu had won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the gold medal match. Sindhu looked set to better her Rio 2016 return in Tokyo as she breezed through the group stages and quarterfinals, winning in straight games, until her winning run was stopped by Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Yingin the semi-final. However, Sindhu brought her ‘A’ game to the table in the bronze medal match, defeating Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15. The country rejoiced at badminton ace P V Sindhu winning her second Olympic medal with the sports fraternity hailing her feat and President Ram Nath Kovind lauding her for setting “a new yardstick of consistency, dedication and excellence”.
Sindhu on Sunday became only the second Indian and first woman to win two Olympic medals, securing a bronze after a straight-game win over world no.9 He Bing Jiao of China in the women’s singles third-place play-off in Tokyo.
“P V Sindhu becomes the first Indian woman to win medals in two Olympic games. She has set a new yardstick of consistency, dedication and excellence. My heartiest congratulations to her for bringing glory to India,” Kovind tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Sindhu as “one of our most most outstanding Olympians”.
“We are all elated by the stellar performance by @Pvsindhu1. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze at @Tokyo2020. She is India’s pride and one of our most outstanding Olympians,” Modi said in a tweet.
Congratulating Sindhu on winning her historic bronze, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur wrote: “SMASHING VICTORY PV Sindhu!!! You dominated the game & made history #Tokyo2020! An Olympic medalist twice over! India is so proud of you & awaits your return!” India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra congratulate Sindhu and said “you make us super proud !!!” Indian Olympic Association hailed Sindhu for becoming the second Indian to bag two Olympic medals.
Top wrestler and Olympic medal hopeful Bajrang Punia tweeted: “History has been created as its a back to back Olympic medal for India’s @Pvsindhu1. She wins the BRONZE.”
Former and current cricketers also congratulated Sindhu on her historic feat. “Congratulations @Pvsindhu1. Proud of your achievement,” said former India captain Anil Kumble. The BCCI also tweeted its congratulatory message for the badminton star.
“Isaayi Muslim Sikh Hindu, Sabko jodein #PVSindhu. First Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Congratulations on the #Bronze,” said former India opener Virender Sehwag.
“Sensational #Sindhu!! 2 olympics, 2 medals!! You’ve made the country proud. Hearty congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 for this massive win!,” tweeted India pacer Ishant Sharma.

Tokyo Olympics Bronze tougher medal than Rio Silver

Moments after winning the bronze medal, PV Sindhu said the Tokyo Olympics campaign was tougher and the bronze was a tough nut to crack than her silver at the Rio Olympics. “It makes me feel really happy because I’ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me – should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best, my all and think about the emotions. I’m really happy and I think I’ve done really well. It’s a proud moment getting a medal for my country,” Sindhu told BWF.

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