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India celebrates gold rush at CWG as Sindhu and Lakshya triumph

India's P V Sindhu beat Canada's Michelle Li 21-15, 21-13 to win her third CWG medal on Monday (Image courtesy: Badminton India)

Star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Lakshya Sen clinched gold in their respective badminton singles finals on a remarkable Monday afternoon for the Indian contingent at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

P V Sindhu won her first Commonwealth Games gold medal after defeating Canada's Michelle Li in straight games of the women's singles final.

Young sensation Lakshya Sen clinched the gold medal after making a solid comeback, winning 2-1 (19-21 21-9 21-16) against Malayasia's Tze Yong.

Lakshya Gold Medal

Sindhu beat Li 21-15, 21-13 to win her third CWG medal, another addition to her long list of monumental achievements. The 27-year-old had won a bronze at 2014 Glasgow Games and followed it up with a silver in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

This was also India's 19th gold medal in the current edition of the Games.

"P V Sindhu has won the nation's heart by winning a historic badminton gold at #CommonwealthGames. You created  magic on the court, enthralling  millions. Your masterly win makes our Tiranga fly high & our national anthem resonate at Birmingham. Heartiest congratulations!" tweeted Droupadi Murmu, President of India on Sindhu's triumph. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Sindhu, calling the phenomenal shuttler "a champion of champions".

"She repeatedly shows what excellence is all about. Her dedication and commitment is awe-inspiring. Congratulations to her on winning the Gold medal at the CWG. Wishing her the best for her future endeavours. #Cheer4India," tweeted PM Modi.

Union Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani mentioned that this medal is all the more special as it marks India’s 200th Gold Medal in the history of CWG.

"P V Sindhu – you never fail to amaze & truly are the epitome of girl power. Congratulations on yet another gold medal. May you always continue to shine & make the Nation proud," tweeted Irani.