London Olympics 2012 : Saina Nehwal won next Medal for India
Again from London Olympic 2012, a good news fro India that Saina Nehwal finally now created a history and become first Indian who win Olympic bronze medal in Badminton. There was really big pressure on saina, her world number two Chinese opponent retired from the play-off because of a knee injury.
Saina who is 22-year-old was trailing 18-21, 0-1 in full form for the bronze medal play-off match soon after her second seeded opponent Xin Wang retired hurt, India got an unexpected medal without having to sweat much.
Saina also became the second Indian woman after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal, Malleswari who gets weightlifting bronze in 2000 Sydney Olympics.
“I still can`t believe that I have won a medal in London Olympic 2012. In badminton, I never believed that India could win a medal because the competition is so tough. It is a dream come true for me,” Saina said.
Wang got herself medical attention and even she went in for the second game but lose the match just one point. All supporters of India greeted Saina when it was announced that she had won the bronze medal and Wang had retired.
“I had trained hard and there was a lot of expectation for London Olympic 2012. I initially thought that she was just taking rest as she was tiring, but then I realised she was injured. It`s sad that she got injured, but I was confident of beating her as I was coming into rhythm,” Saina said.
Saina’s opponent Wang took a lead of 16-10 but Saina again showed her tenacity by reducing the margin and engaging her opponent in long rallies, a tactics which she could not do in the semifinal match.
“Today my strategy was to engage her in long rallies and it did work to some extent. On Friday also we had the same strategy, but it did not work. I should have tried something else and played my own game instead of trying to match her,” Saina said.
“I had never won a match like this before. May be, the medal was written for me. I have always wanted an Olympic medal. I always wanted to see India`s national flag going up at the podium,” she said.After wining bronze she first waved at her coach P Gopichand, sitting on the coach`s chair, later she acknowledged the cheers from the spectators, most of them were Indians.
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