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PV Sindhu beats China’s He Bingjiao, wins historic bronze at Tokyo Olympics

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Tokyo: India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday beats China’s He Bingjiao in the Women’s Badminton Singles to win bronze in ongoing Tokyo Olympics. After beating her Chinese counterpart in her third position play-off match, PV Sindhu has now become the first Indian female athlete to win two individual Olympic medals. She had won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Sindhu defeated Bingjiao 21-13 and 21-15 in the bronze medal match that lasted for 52 minutes. Sindhu was clinical throughout the contest and didn’t give her opponent any chance in the match. Sindhu had suffered a heart-breaking loss to world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final on Saturday. Sindhu lost the semi-final 18-21, 12-21.

The 26-year-old Sindhu is now became only the 4th badminton player to win two Olympics medal. Wrestler Sushil Kumar also has two medals as he returned with a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008 and a silver at the London Olympics 2012.

Sindhu beats He BingJiao 21-13,  21-15

In the match between Sindhu and Bingjiao, the former was dominant in the first game and she did not give her opponent any chance, winning it 21-13. Continuing from where she left off, Sindhu did not relent, and in the end, she wrapped up the match in straight games.

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Sindhu missed out on a chance to win gold or silver as she lost her semifinal match on Saturday against Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying. Tzu-Ying defeated Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 in the semifinals.

On Friday, Sindhu had stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s singles event after defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-finals.

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