Back-to-back Gold for India in Badminton...After PV Sindhu, 20-year-old Lakshya Sen wins a Gold medal!

It's raining Gold for India in the Badminton battle in the ongoing Commonwealth games as after ace shuttler PV Sindhu won her first Commonwealth Gold on Monday, 20-year-old youth sports icon Lakshya Sen has bagged the Gold medal and has become the latest sensation across the country. A native of Uttarakhand, Sen has joined the club of the young stars to win Gold and with back-to-back Gold medals, India is displaying good competency on the battlefield. 

Hours after Sindhu won the Gold, Lakshya Sen has got one after defeating Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia in the Badminton Men's Singles Final. The battle was long and nail-biting and Sen has kept the game under his control. Amid the good fightback show from Yong, Lakshya Sen has finally triumphed in the game and clinched the Gold. With Sen's Gold medal, India currently stands in fourth place in the medal table with 19 Gold, 15 Silver, and 22 Bronze so far. 

India is behind Australia, England, and Canada while New Zealand is one Gold away to surpass India's stand. Lakshya Sen has defeated Yong at 19-21, 21-9, and 21-16 to win the Gold medal. Sen has lost the first round and come back to win the next two rounds. Like Sindhu, Sen has tasted his maiden Gold in the Commonwealth games. But, Gold is not new for Sen, who is a former World junior No 1. 

He has won Gold medals at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships in the boys' singles and at the Summer Youth Olympics in the mixed team event. He won the Bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships and was runner-up at 2022 All England Open. Sen was also a part of the Indian team which won the Thomas Cap 2022. In the current Commonwealth Games at Birmingham, Sen has won the Silver Medal in the mixed team Badminton event.  

Notably, it is the first Commonwealth game for Sen and in a stupendous history, he has won the Gold medal and put the country in glory. As Sen has turned heads from India, he has been flooded with wishes and commendations as the prominent leaders and celebrities have extended their greetings to this young champion. 

India's President Droupadi Murmu took to Twitter and wrote, "The young and energetic Lakshya Sen makes India proud! Congratulations on winning the badminton gold at #CommonwealthGames. The way you bounced back with a commanding display symbolises a bold new India that is determined to win. You make our tricolour go up again at Birmingham." 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, "Elated by the accomplishment of Lakshya Sen. Congratulations on winning the Gold medal in Badminton. He’s played excellently through the CWG and showed outstanding resilience during the Finals. He is India’s pride. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours." Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote, "What a scintillating comeback by @lakshya_sen. Your energy and commitment have brought glory to the nation. Heartiest congratulations on a well-deserved Gold. My best wishes for your bright future." 

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted, "Sen-Sational Gold. Lakshya Sen, you are a fighter embodying and displaying the spirit of young India! You came back and clinched this victory like a determined champ! Our heartbeats were racing! You’re such a delight to watch! Well done & congratulations!"