I am happy to have won at least bronze: Nehwal

Aug 07, 2012, 18:53 IST | PTI

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal got a rousing welcome in Hyderabad as she returned from London after winning an Olympic bronze.

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.

Saina Nehwal
Olympic bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal on her arrival at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Shamshabad near Hyderabad on Tuesday. 

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."

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