PV Sindhu: Ace shuttler PV Sindhu on August 1st, 2021, created history today by becoming the first Indian woman to win back-to-back medals in two Olympics.
- PV Sindhu is just the second Indian athlete after Sushil Kumar to win two individual Olympic medals.
- Wrestler Sushil Kumar was so far the only Indian to have finished twice on the podium at the quadrennial showpiece event.
- Sushil had followed up his bronze at 2008 Beijing with silver at the London edition.
- The 26-year-old beat her Chinese rival He Bing Jiao of China 21-13, 21-15 in straight games to win the bronze medal in women’s singles badminton at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
- Sindhu had lost to world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the last four on 31st July 2021.
- She had earlier bagged silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She had won silver in the last Olympics in Rio after losing in the final to Carolina Marin.
About PV Sindhu:
- Pusarla Venkata (PV) Sindhu is the first Indian ever to become a world champion in badminton.
- She was born in Hyderabad and both her parents were national-level volleyball players.
- She was the first Indian woman to win the Olympic silver medal in 2016.
- She had won silver after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin.
- Her career’s highest world ranking has been world no. 2 in April 2017.
- She is currently ranked 7th in the world.
- She is the only fourth women’s singles player to win a medal at successive Olympics after Susi Susanti (gold in 1992 and bronze in 1996), Bang Soo-Hyun (silver in 1992 and gold in 1996) and Zhang (gold in 2004 and 2008).