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Tokyo Olympics: "On cloud nine," says bronze medallist PV Sindhu

Aug 1, 2021, 7:43 PM IST

India's PV Sindhu creates history by winning bronze medal match against China's He Bing Jiao at the Tokyo Olympics. The ace shuttler won the crucial encounter 21-13, 21-15 to become the first Indian woman ever to win two individual Olympic medals.

Sindhu was clinical throughout the contest and didn't give her opponent any chance in the match.

Following the win 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?"

She added, "My family worked hard for me & put in a lot of effort so I'm very thankful. Indian fans showed me their love and support and I'm very thankful to each and everyone of them. There were really long rallies but I had to be patient and calm. Even though I was leading, I didn't relax."

Sindhu had suffered a heart-breaking loss to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final. She had lost the final of women's singles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics to settle for a silver medal.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the first and only other Indian to win two Olympic medals, following up his bronze at 2008 Beijing with a silver at the London edition.

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