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Day 9 Glory- Bronze for PV Sindhu; becomes the only female Indian athlete to lift two individual Olympic medals

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, bounced back after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final of the women’s singles, with a victory to secure the Bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

P V Sindhu’s naturally aggressive style of play was just too much for  He Bing Jiao and Sindhu triumphed with almost an air of ease in the bronze medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The scoreboard read 21-15, 21-13 in favour of Sindhu, at the end of just 53 minutes, in the tie. The Indian shutter pulled out all the stops to put on a brilliant display. 

This incredible feat makes her only the 2nd Indian athlete, and 1st female Indian athlete, to have 2 individual Olympic medals, since she already won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Games. At the international stage Sindhu became only the 4th women’s singles player in Badminton to clinch a medal at the two consecutive editions of the Olympic Games.

‘It really gives me a great feeling because I have worked hard for so many years. There were a lot of emotions running 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 hold back my emotions for this one match and give it my best. I am really happy and I think I have done really well. It is a proud moment for my country to receive a medal.”

With Sindhu’s bronze India now has 2 medals in the kitty,after Mirabai Chanu’s silver, at the 2020 Tokyo  to win a medal. In her Olympic Debut at the Rio 2016 Games, Sindhu had gone down to Carolina Marin from Spain, after a valiant effort in the women’s single final.

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