Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu gives India second medal, wins bronze
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu clinched the bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics after beating China's He Bingjiao (women's singles). With a historic win, Sindhu has become the first Indian to secure two Olympic medals in badminton. India have secured their second medal at the Tokyo Games after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu opened their account with a silver. Here are further details.
Sindhu dominated Bingjiao throughout the match
Sindhu was dominant throughout the first game, having shown a display of smashes. She completely outplayed the Chinese toward the end (21-13). The Indian played in a similar manner in the second game as well, having won 21-15.
First Indian to secure two Olympic medals in badminton
Sindhu has become the first Indian to secure two Olympic medals in badminton. In the Rio 2016 Olympics, Sindhu became the first Indian to clinch a sliver medal in the sport. She finished as the runner-up after losing to Carolina Marin in the final. Notably, Saina Nehwal is the only other Indian with an Olympic medal in badminton (bronze in London 2012 Olympics).
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: A look at her run
PV Sindhu was one of India's medal hopefuls at the Tokyo Games. She dominated Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova in her opening round clash, winning 21-7, 21-10 in straight games. She then beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan. In the next match, Sindhu overcame Mia Blichfeldt. Sindhu prevailed in the quarter-final clash against Akane Yamaguchi. However, she was handed a defeat by Tai Tzu-ying in the semis.
Here are the notable feats of Sindhu
Sindhu, who clinched her second Olympic medal, is also the reigning world champion. She became the first Indian player to win gold at the BWF World Championships in 2019. Sindhu accomplished the milestone after defeating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the summit clash. This was Sindhu's fifth World Championships medal, joint-most for a woman singles player with Zhang Ning.
Mirabai Chanu had bagged the first medal for India
India's first medal of the Tokyo Games was bagged by Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting). The 26-year-old clinched silver in the 49kg category. After finishing second in the snatch event by clearing the 84kg and 87kg marks, Chanu lifted 110kg and 115kg in the clean and jerk event to settle for silver. Chanu ended India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics.