Sindhu’s bronze at Tokyo a breath of fresh air for a restless nation

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Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will seek a position i n the BWF Athletes' Commission
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will seek a position i n the BWF Athletes' Commission.

Sunday was a great day for Indians at the Tokyo Olympics with PV Sindhu bringing a second medal for the nation at the Games. The badminton star dismissed China’s He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to win her second consecutive Olympic medal. She had won a silver in Rio 2016.

After her win her father, PV Ramana in a statement to the media thanked her South Korean coach, Park Tae Sang, Badminton Association of India and all her supporters back home for the continuous encouragement. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed Sindhu for her achievement at the Games.

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The men’s hockey team stormed into the semi-finals and is one win away from a medal. They defeated Great Britain 3-1 and ended a 40-year-long wait for a semi-final appearance at the Olympics. The last time India made the Olympics semi-finals was in Moscow 1980. India will next play Belgium in the semis.

Boxer Satish Kumar showed extreme grit and determination and displayed true sportsmanship spirit by coming out for his quarterfinal match despite stitches on his forehead and chin. He lost out Uzbekistan’s world champion Bakhokdir Jalolov in the quarter-final of the men’s +91kg by an unanimous decision.

In equestrian, Fouaad Mirza and his horse Seigneur Medicott dropped to 22nd after Sunday’s cross-country round. Only the top 25 will make the finals. He will now be seen in action in the last test of the event – jumping, which is scheduled for Monday.

It was a disappointing day for Indian golfers on Sunday. Though Anirban Lahiri began his day T28, he carded a one-over 72 in the fourth and last round to slip further to T42 with a total score of five-under 279 (67, 72, 68, 72).

Udayan Mane who made his debut in the Olympics this year too finished at one-over 72 in his fourth round saw him finish 56th overall.  His overall score was three-over 287.

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