India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu who entered the Tokyo Olympics with her reputation as a big tournament player has maintained her reputation when she scripted history on Sunday winning the Bronze medal.
Due to the pandemic, she hadn’t had enough practise going into the tournament, but against the odds, she was able to beat the Chinese shuttler He Bing Jiao 21-13 & 21-15 in 53 minutes.
This is India’s third medal at the Tokyo 2020 games after Mirabai Chanu’s silver in weightlifting and Lovlina Borgohain’s assured medal in boxing, the colour of it will be determined on Wednesday when she faces Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the women’s welterweight (64-69kg category) semifinal.
This is also India’s third consecutive medal in Olympics after Saina Nehwal’s Bronze in London 2012, Sindhu’s Silver in Rio 2016 making Sindhu India’s only women athlete to win multiple Olympic medals. She has also joined wrestler Sushil Kumar as the only Indians to win multiple individual Olympic medals.
After her win, she said, “I would like to dedicate this medal to my fans and family. I miss them a lot, because of the pandemic they couldn’t come. I have received their prayers and wishes.”
Wishes starting pouring in after her win as PM Modi tweeted, “We are all elated by the stellar performance by PV Sindhu. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze at Tokyo2020. She is India’s pride and one of our most outstanding Olympians.”
Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik wished her with sand art.
Retired Cricketer Virender Sehwag in his quirky manner wished her, with a tweet,
“Isaayi Muslim Sikh Hindu, Sabko jodein PV Sindhu.
First Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Congratulations on the Bronze”.
He South Korean Coach Park Tae-Sang said in an interview after the medal, “In important moments when she gets a point and the pressure is very high the next shot or rally, it’s very easy to make mistakes.”
“So in important moments I tell her to calm down,” he said, at which moment Sindhu promptly intervened to remind him that he says “aaram se” – the Hindi for take it easy.
He added, “Sindhu was already a big star when I started to train her. I said I would try to get Sindhu a gold medal. But the bronze medal is also a big medal, so I am really happy.” It is also Park’s first Olympic Medal under his training.
Sindhu’s father said after her win that she’ll finally have ice cream with the PM.