- Shuttler PV Sindhu defeated China’s He Bing Jao in third-spot playoff
Tokyo: When PV Sindhu lost the semi-finals, several hearts sank momentarily. But the hopes of a medal did not die. And Sindhu did not disappoint this time. The shuttler shook off the pain of the semi-finals loss and got back in action to defeat China’s He Bing Jao to pick the bronze at women’s singles badminton third-spot playoff.
Sindhu defeated Bing Jao 21-13, 21-15, a day after losing to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
With Sunday’s win, Sindhu became the second Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals, the first being wrestler Sushil Kumar. She is also the first woman to achieve the feat.
Sindhu’s first Olympics medal was a silver at the 2016 Rio Games.
Congratulatory messages pour in
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “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.”
Sports minister Anurag Thakur tweeted, “SMASHING VICTORY PV Sindhu !!! Badminton racquet and shuttlecock
You dominated the game & made history #Tokyo2020 !
An Olympic medalist twice over! Third place medal
India Flag of India is so proud of you & awaits your return!”
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