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Nehwal given a rousing welcome after Olympic medal

August 7, 2012 - Hyderabad

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was given a rousing welcome after her bronze medal winning performance at the 2012 London Olympics. She was accompanied by her coach Pullela Gopichand and father Harvir.

Speaking at a press conference, Nehwal said "It's just unbelievable, I am speechless. I am happy that I actually did what I promised and believed in. It is a dream to win gold, but I am happy that at least I have a bronze and am the first Indian to win a badminton Olympic medal".

Gopichand said that he would have felt incomplete had Saina not won a medal at the Olympics. Speaking to reporters after his arrival in India, Gopichand spoke about the hard work behind their preparations for the Olympics."When she lost the Denmark event, she came to me weeping and said 'Bhaiya it's not happening.' She was weeping and I also started crying. But I told her "We will win Olympic medal," Gopichand said.

Gopichand also termed Saina Nehwal as phenomenal. He said that she should now look forward to play in the 2020 Olympics. Gopichand said that Saina has two Olympics, two Asian Games and two Commonwealth Games left in her career.

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