Indian shuttle queen Saina Nehwal returned home to a rousing welcome after her historic exploits in the Olympic Games and said though it was her dream to win a gold she was happy to come back with a bronze.
"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," Saina, flanked by her coach Pullela Gpichand and father Harvir, said at a press conference after arriving from London.
However, the 22-year-old badminton star promised that she would not rest on her laurels and strive to bring home more and more medals in the future.
"When I was standing on podium, I started crying, I thought of all the hard work I have put in all these years. It gave me inspiration. It's just the beginning and I will win many more medals," she said.
Asked how it feels, having an historic Olympic medal around her neck, she said,"From outside, I am normal and Gopi sir is normal but inside I am jumping with joy."