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PV Sindhu creates history with second Olympic medal, claims bronze

NEW DELHI: Badminton ace PV Sindhu on Sunday became only the second Indian to win two Olympic medals, securing a bronze after a straight-game win over He Bing Jiao of China in the bronze medal match in the women's badminton singles.

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar was the only one to clinch two Olympic medals so far. Sushil had followed up his bronze at 2008 Beijing with a silver at the London edition.

In just 53 minutes of play, Sindhu, a 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist, on Sunday, beat World No 9 Jiao in the bronze play-off outclassing her by 21-13 21-15 to etch her name in the record books 

Making up for her semi-final defeat against Tai Tzu-Ying, Sindhu put up a remarkable show in the third-place contest with her aggression to win India's third medal at Tokyo.

Along with Sindhu her  South Korean badminton coach Park Tae-Sang is also ecstatic about the win and said that the multiple sessions spent to hone P V Sindhu's defensive skills in the run-up to the Olympics paid rich dividends as she claimed a bronze medal.

No sooner than the match was over, several public figures and personalities started posting congratulatory messages on social media. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate PV Sindhu.

He tweeted, "We are all elated by the stellar performance by @Pvsindhu1. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze at  @Tokyo2020. She is India‚Äôs pride and one of our most outstanding Olympians."

President Ramnath Kovind also 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."

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