Saina bags bronze at London 2012 taking India's medal count to three

India News Bulletin Desk
Saina Nehwal wins bronze in London 2012 Olympics badminton competition
Saina Nehwal wins bronze in London 2012 Olympics badminton competition
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LONDON -- India’s Saina Nehwal has bagged a bronze medal in the badminton competition at London 2012 Olympic Games taking India’s count of medals to three and to a rank of 37.

Nehwal was declared the winner in the playoff with China’s Wang Xin after the latter withdrew because of a knee injury.

The Indian player lost to Xin, World No.2, in the first game (18-21). But following that, injured Xin could not recover from the pain of her strained knee and withdrew from the game conceding the bronze to Nehwal.

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22-year old Nehwal, seeded fourth has become India’s first badminton player to win a medal at the Olympic Games.

She was also the first Indian badminton player to qualify to the semifinals. But she lost to world number one Wang Yihan on Friday, August 3.  

India has won three medais at London 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to Nehwal’s bronze, rifleman Vijay Kumar gave India its first silver medal at the London Games with his performance in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol competition. Earlier in the week, ace shooter Gagan Narang brought home the first medal of London 2012 by winning a bronze at the 10m Air rifle event.

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