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PV Sindhu gives India its second Olympic medal

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Ground Report | New Delhi: PV Sindhu has won the bronze medal in the Badminton women’s singles category at the Tokyo Olympics by defeating Bin Xiao of China. Sindhu has thus become the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Sindhu won her first game 21-13 while winning the second game 21-15.

PV Sindhu, the world champion at the Tokyo Olympics, started her Olympic campaign by defeating Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel in the badminton women’s singles category. However, on the ninth day of the campaign, Sindhu had to face defeat in the semi-finals. Sindhu was defeated by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei to make it to the final match.

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PV Sindhu was believed to be a strong contender for the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, after the loss in the semi-finals, the match for Bronze was played in the evening on Sunday i.e. 1 August against Hee Bin Xiao of China.

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Sindhu also won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics. By winning bronze in Tokyo, she has become the first Indian woman athlete to have won two medals in an individual event at the Olympic Games.

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Although before Sindhu, two other players have also won two individual medals but both of them were in the men’s category. The first such feat was done by Norman Pritchard. He won silver medals in both the 200m and 200m hurdles at the 1900 Olympic Games. After him, Sushil Kumar repeated this feat for India after more than 100 years in wrestling by winning bronze in Beijing Olympics 2008 and silver in London Olympics 2012.

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