With her Gold hopes dashed earlier Pusarla V Sindhu won the women’s singles badminton bronze medal play-off , beating China’s He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to become only the second Indian to win two medals at the Olympics.
In a statement after the match Sindhu said : “I’m on cloud nine. Worked hard for so many years. I think I’ve done really well. 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?”
The 26-year-old reigning World champion was just too good for the Chinese as she added to the silver she won at the 2016 Rio Games.
Wrestler Sushil Kumar was the first and only other Indian to win two Olympic medals, following his bronze at the 2008 Games in Beijing and silver at the 2012 edition in London.
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has already returned home after winning a silver, while boxer Lovlina Borgohain is assured of at least a bronze.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his delight
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. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/O8Ay3JWT7q
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 1, 2021