New Delhi: PV Sindhu created history by winning a bronze medal against China’s He Bing Xiao at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. She won the crucial match 21.13, 21.15, becoming the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals. She reached the final of the women’s singles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. There he had to face defeat and had to be content with the silver medal.
In a statement after winning the bronze medal, PV Sindhu said, “I am ranked ninth. Worked hard for so many years. I think I did really well. There were a lot of emotions running through me – should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I missed the chance to play in the final?
Sindhu needed to get off to a strong start in the match to boost her confidence as she suffered a one-sided loss in the semi-final against Tai Tzu. Ying on Saturday. But in today’s match, Sindhu had come thinking of something else. He did not give a chance to the Chinese player to stand in front of him and created history by winning both sets.
Earlier, veteran wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian athlete to win two individual medals at the Olympics by winning a bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Games and a silver medal at the London 2012 Games. Sindhu had earlier won a silver medal in the Olympic Games held in Rio, Brazil. Then she had to face defeat against Carolina Marin of Spain in the final. In the last Olympics, the Indian contingent had won only two medals. In this, apart from Sindhu, Sakshi Malik had achieved a bronze medal in wrestling.
Let us tell you that India has got 3 medals in badminton so far in the Olympics. Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Sindhu won a medal in the second consecutive Olympics and brought laurels to India. She was one step away from gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She may not have won gold in the 2020 Olympics, but she created history by winning the bronze medal.