Pv Sindhu, The 26-year-old silver-medalist from the Rio Games Wins Bronze Medal in Tokyo Olympics after defeating China’s He Bing Jiao. With this achievement, she also becomes the first Indian badminton player to win two Olympic medals. Here is how our Prime Minister congratulated her with his tweet:
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
Sindhu outclassed the Chinese shuttler in the third-place playoff at Musashino Forest Plaza, where she had missed the chance to go to her second consecutive Olympics final.
The 26-year-old Rio silver medalist also made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Sushil Kumar, an Indian wrestler, is the only Indian to have finished on the podium twice at the quadrennial showcase event. Sushil had backed up his bronze in Beijing in 2008 with a silver in London.
On Saturday, Sindhu had suffered a straight-game defeat against world no.1 Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the semi-final clash. The Indian shuttler was unable to counter Tai Tzu’s deception and aggressive play, going down 18-21 12-21 in the all-important contest.
Sindhu continued to retrieve everything thrown at her, but Tai Tzu’s exquisite touch and cross-court smash ended India’s chances of winning another silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. “I’m disappointed since it’s the semifinals, but I gave it my all; it wasn’t my day. I fought to the last end, “Sindhu had stated following the defeat,
Sindhu made up for her semi-final loss and showed great determination to outplay Bing Jiao with her aggression, scooping India’s third medal in Tokyo.