PV Sindhu’s bid to better, or match, her Rio 2016 silver was halted by eventual silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the semifinals. But that did not stop India’s badminton serial winner from adding a historic second Olympic medal to her burgeoning trophy cabinet. Shunning the disappointment of the defeat from 24 hours earlier, Sindhu secured the bronze medal with a 21-13, 21-15 win against HE Bing Jiao of the People’s Republic of China. It gave her the distinction of becoming the only Indian female athlete to win multiple Olympic medals, and only the second Indian – female or male – to medal twice in individual events at the Olympic Games. Sindhu also became only the fifth female shuttler to win two Olympic singles medals. The 26-year-old has now won a combined seven medals at the Olympics and the world championships since 2013.
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games took place in Japan, from July 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021.