Saina Nehwal returns home with her Olympic bronze medal

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to rousing receptions first at Delhi airport and later at Hyderabad airport as she arrived here from London on Tuesday after winning a historic bronze medal at the ongoing Olympic Games.

At Delhi airport, the Hyderabadi was greeted by a large number of fans and well-wishers who had gathered to get a glimpse of her.

The 20-year-old was flanked by father Harvir Singh, coach Pullela Gopichand and scores of security personnel on her arrival in the national capital early in the morning.

She later took a flight to Hyderabad where a huge felicitation ceremony was planned at Gopichand Academy, where Saina trains. She headed straight to the academy from the airport.

Open bus parade goes awry
On her arrival at the Hyderabad airport, an open bus parade was lined up for the Indian badminton queen. However, the bus broke down even before leaving the airport as it was overloaded.

The major glitch in the bus for an elaborate victory parade saw Saina being shifted to a car in which she left for Gopichand Academy.

Saina’s feat
Saina had bagged the bronze medal when her opponent — world No 2 Xin Wang — conceded midway despite winning the first game and take initial lead in the second because of her knee problem.

Saina thus became only the second Indian woman after weightlifter Karnam Malleswari, who won a bronze in Sydney Games in 2000, to clinch an Olympic medal. She was also the first Indian shuttler to make it to the last four stage of Olympics.

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