Badminton player P.V Sindhu has made India proud for a second time in the Olympics by winning bronze in the Women’s badminton singles. She is the first woman and second person, from India to win two Olympic medals. She had won the medal after beating China’s He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15, following a disappointing loss in the semifinal to World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying. The final was won by China’s Chen Yufei.
It was naturally an exciting moment for the badminton player. “…I was blank, my coach was literally in tears, it was a big moment. I hugged him and said ‘Thank you. I didn’t know what to do for 5-6 seconds, I shouted, so all emotions came together at that moment,” she said during a virtual press conference. Sindhu’s coach is South Korea’s Park Tae Sang.
PV Sindhu, has a long list of achievements to her name. Previously, she had won silver in the 2016 Olympics. Her other achievements include a silver medal each in the 2018 Commonwealth games, and 2018 Asian games, a superseries title at the 2016 China open, and two bronze medals at the Uber Cup. She had made it to the Forbes list of the highest-paid female athletes in 2018 and 2019. She is also the recipient of several awards, like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and the Padma Shri.
PV Sindhu is the second Indian to win a medal in the Tokyo Olympics. The first medal had been won by Mirabai Chanu in weightlifting. Boxer Lovlina Borghain has also been assured of at least a bronze medal-and she is setting her sights higher. India has also pinned hopes on the Men’s as well as Women’s hockey teams which have both qualified for the semifinals.