Celebs, Cricketers and Indian Sports Stars Go Gaga Over PV Sindhu's Historic Feat in Tokyo
06:43 GMT 02.08.2021 (Updated: 08:11 GMT 02.08.2021)
© REUTERS / LINTAO ZHANGTokyo 2020 Olympics - Badminton - Women's Singles - Bronze medal match - MFS - Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. P.V. Sindhu of India in action during the match against He Bingjiao of China.
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Star shuttler P. V. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals after the 26-year-old defeated China's He Bingjiao in the bronze medal match in the women's singles at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. Sindhu had earlier clinched a silver medal at the Games in Rio in 2016.
Reigning badminton world champion P. V. Sindhu's 21-13, 21-15 victory over her Chinese opponent He Bingjiao, giving her a historic bronze medal, has sparked a fan frenzy on Twitter.
Several social media users are lauding Sindhu for her heroics in Japan, before declaring that she had made the country proud with her superlative performance.
Her remarkable feat has been even hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a number of film stars, and Indian sports personalities, with a tweet from former cricketer Virender Sehwag receiving more than 71,000 likes and nearly 6,000 retweets.
Sindhu, who dominated the proceedings against He from the outset, is now the second Indian ever to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics.
Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the only other Indian athlete to achieve a similar landmark. Kumar won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and followed it up with a silver medal in London in 2012.
P. V. Sindhu's success in Tokyo also ensured India's third medal in badminton. Previously, former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal had won a bronze medal in the Chinese capital in 2008 and Sindhu won a silver medal 8 years later in Rio.
Former shuttler Abhinn Shyam Gupta, who represented India at the Athens Olympics in 2004 dubbed Sindhu's bronze medal-winning feat "unprecedented".
"What Sindhu has achieved is unprecedented and unparalleled in India's Olympic history," he told Sputnik on Monday.
"Just like Rio, where women athletes led from the front and made the country proud, Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and Mirabai Chanu have given the Indian fans something to cheer about in Tokyo," he added.