First Sindhu and then the Manpreet Singh-led hockey team made it a historic Sunday for India at Tokyo 2020. Sindhu beat her Chinese opponent in straight sets to win a bronze.
She became the only Indian woman to win two medals in badminton.
The hockey team, on the other hand, beat Great Britain 3-1 to make it to the semi-final for the first time after 1980.
The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in a quarterfinal match to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years on Sunday.
India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the win for the eight-time Olympic champions.
The lone goal for Great Britain was scored by Sam Ward in the 45th minute.
Even though India’s last of the eight Olympic gold medals came way back in 1980 Moscow Games, there were no semifinals in that edition as only six teams participated in the event.
The last time India featured in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972 Munich Games where they lost 0-2 to arch-rivals Pakistan.
Earlier, the reigning world champion PV Sindhu beat China’s He Bingjiao to bag a bronze medal in Badminton Singles by Bingjao 21-13, 21-15.
Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals.
In Rio Olympics, she settled for a silver medal after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final.
On Monday morning, the Rani Rampal-led side would take on a formidable Australian side in the quarter-final.