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London Olympics 2012: Nothing is bigger than Olympic medal, says Saina Nehwal

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 07, 2012, 15:14
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London Olympics 2012: Nothing is bigger than Olympic medal, says Saina NehwalZeenews Sports Bureau

Hyderabad: India’s Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal said on Tuesday that she desperately wanted to win a medal in London Olympics.

Speaking to reporters after she received a rousing welcome at her hometown, Hyderabad, Saina said, “I am really happy to be back with a medal. It was a great dream; I actually did what I believed in…”

With a reassuring smile on her lips, Saina said that she is really proud of what she has achieved and promised to keep the momentum going.

“…I really wanted an Olympic medal. I hope the next four years would be better than the last four,” an optimistic Saina said, while also adding that she will learn from mistakes.


On being asked whether she felt bad on having lost out on a lot of things so as to maintain her focus on badminton, Saina said, “Nothing is bigger than standing on the podium in Olympics.”

Thanking her coach and mentor Gopchand for having played a critical role in her success, the world number 4 said, “He started training me when I was just 13. Many people told us that I can’t win big tournaments but in 2006 I won my first title beating world number 3….there have been a lot of sacrifice from my side, his side.”

“I see people dying for it (Olympics medal), they want it badly…it is unbelievable!” she said.

On his part, Gopi Chand said, “I tell her to look at 2020. There would be two more Olympics, more Asian Games, Commonwealth games, World Championships…the potential is huge but what she has already achieved is huge.”

First Published: Tuesday, August 07, 2012, 15:14

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ashok ghadi - Jogeshwari
To raise gameskill one must face a big challenge against better players on the planet as a practice Saina u r true talent 7 achieved max. possible under restricted scope in India. We r proud of you
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shalini - hyderbad
hats off saina...u r a true indian...& became inspiration to many of the players.always roack god blessings wil be with u always...we are proud of u
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Venkat - Chennai
Hat`s Off to Saina!! You are true Indian women in all colors. Wish you all best for your future, you makes all proud!! Thank you and God bless you!!
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mohit - delhi
well done Indians should wish her the very best of luck for future.
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faisal(sri lankan) - qatar
what a great achievement to celebrate for decades
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Sourabh Singh - Gurgaon
This is a matter of proud to be a citizen of the same country (India) as Saina who is a true connoisseur of sports. All the Indians should wish her the very best of luck for future.
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