Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu created history on Sunday as she becomes the first female athlete to win two Olympic medals from India. The Indian badminton queen clinched a 21-13, 21-15 win over He Bing Jiao of China to win the bronze medal. It was PV Sindhu’s second Olympic medal after her silver at Rio 2016 after she lost to Carolina Marin in the final. She dedicated her medal to the Covid-19 victims, advising people to stay safe and get used to the new normal.
PV Sindhu defeated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match that lasted for 52 minutes. Sindhu had earlier returned with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.
The 26-year-old Sindhu is now just the second Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar also has two medals as he returned with a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008 and a silver at the London Olympics 2012.
Tokyo Olympics: Bronze-medalist PV Sindhu dedicates medal to Covid-19 victims, says “We have gone through a lot of things”
“We have gone through a lot of things, pandemic, lockdown and a lot of people have been suffering, so I hope this medal is dedicated to all of them and also to my family members, support staff and to my coach and all my sponsors because everybody has come to a standstill in this pandemic,” Sindhu told India Today.
History has been created as its a back to back Olympic medal for India’s PV Sindhu! 👏
— InsideSport (@InsideSportIND) August 1, 2021
“I hope this medal changes and everything comes back to normal. Everyone should be careful and everyone should take care of themselves because we have to get used to the new normal,” Sindhu added.
Sindhu was visibly elated after she clinched her bronze medal and thanked her family and sponsors for the support they have shown in her. She said that she is cloud nine and will celebrate the bronze medal but will be back soon to start hunting for that elusive gold medal.
“I’m on cloud nine. I’m going to enjoy this moment. My family has worked hard for me and put in a lot of effort so I’m very thankful. And my sponsors have given me their best so I’d like to thank them and enjoy the moment. A lot of Indian fans showed me their love and support and I’m very thankful to each and every one of them. Definitely lots of love and support and kisses,” PV Sindhu said.