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Olympics: PV Sindhu, Outstanding: Badminton Star becomes the first Indian woman to win 2 Olympic medals

Tokyo Olympics: After becoming the first Indian female athlete to win a Silver medal at the Olympics in Rio 5 years ago, PV Sindhu has become only the 2nd Indian athlete after Sushil Kumar to win 2 individual medals at the Games.PV Sindhu is the 1st Indian woman to win 2 Olympic medals

Sindhu is also only the 4th athlete to win multiple medals in the women’s singles badminton category

The Hyderabad-born became the first Indian to win gold at World Championships in 2019

PV Sindhu has done it! The 26-year-old badminton star has become the first Indian woman to win 2 Olympic medals. Sindhu defeated He Bingjiao of China 21-13, 21-15 in the women’s singles bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, scripting history.

The first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver is also the first Indian woman to finish on the podium twice at the Games. Sindhu had won the women’s singles badminton silver at the Rio Olympics, which was also her Games debut. Sindhu had fallen agonisingly short of the gold medal as she lost the title match to Spain’s Carolina Marin despite winning the opening game five years ago.

Sindhu is also only the 2nd Indian athlete to win 2 Olympic medals in individual events. Sushil Kumar, who was arrested in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old wrestler in New Delhi, became the first to do so. Sushil had won the wrestling bronze in 2008 in Beijing before he went one step further to finish with a Silver at the London Games where India achieved its best-ever tally of 6 medals.

Sindhu joins badminton elite

Sindhu is also only the 4th athlete to win multiple medals in the women’s singles badminton category at the Olympic Games.

South Korea’s Bang Soo-Hyun won the silver at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and followed it up with a gold medal in the women’s singles badminton category at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

China’s Zhang Ning won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games and famously defended it in Beijing In front of her home crowd.

Susi Susanti of Indonesia won the 1992 Gold medal and finished on the podium with a bronze at the 1996 Athens Games.

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Notably, only Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long and Viktor Axelsen have won multiple medals in men’s singles badminton.

Sindhu: A serial winner at the big stages

Sindhu rose to fame at the international level when she won the Asian Championships bronze medal in 2014. She had a dream year as she went on to win bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. In fact, Sindhu also won her first of 5 World Championship medals in 2014.

Sindhu was not among the favourites for finishing on the podium at the 2016 Olympic Games but the then 21-year-old had a dream run to the final where she lost to Marin and finished with the Silver medal.

Sindhu was also the first Indian badminton player to win a Silver medal at the Olympics. Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win a badminton medal at the Olympics when she finished with a bronze in Beijing in 2008.

Sindhu won the Commonwealth Games gold in 2018 and followed it up with a historic gold medal at the World Championships in 2019, becoming the first India to do so.

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