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Commonwealth 2022: Lakshya Sen on winning badminton gold in Birmingham – Always had that belief that I can do it

Commonwealth Games 2022: India's Lakshya Sen won the gold medal in the badminton men's singles in Birmingham.

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Lakshya Sen of India. Courtesy: PTI
Lakshya Sen of India. Courtesy: PTI

In Short

  • Lakshya Sen won gold in the badminton men’ singles at CWG 2022
  • Lakshya Sen came back after losing the first game
  • Lakshya Sen talked about getting ready for the BWF World Championships

By India Today Web Desk: Indian badminton star Lakshya Sen was overwhelmed with the welcome he received at the Bengaluru airport on Wednesday, August 10, after he reached from Birmingham following his campaign in the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 20-year-old, on Monday, August 8, won the gold medal in the men’s singles after beating Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia 19-21, 21-9, 21-16.

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The Young Turk lost the first game, after which he trailed 6-8 in the second. However, instead of throwing in the towel, Sen made a stupendous comeback and went on to win the match. After coming up trumps, Sen said that he didn’t lose belief even with his back pushed to the wall.

Following his triumph in Birmingham, Sen talked about practicing hard before the Badminton World Championships get underway on Sunday, August 21.

“It feels good when we get this kind of welcome at the airport. I always had that belief that I can do it. Winning the gold medal at CWG is always a wonderful experience. We have one week to practice and then we are going to the World Championships,” Lakshya was quoted as saying in ANI.

Earlier, Lakshya admitted that his decision making wasn’t the greatest in the first game of the gold medal match. However, having lost the game by a close margin, Lakshya saw the possibility of beating his opponent in the last two games.

“My decision making wasn’t good towards the end of the first game. I had in mind that since I lost the first game by a narrow margin, it wasn’t impossible for me to get the better of my opponent in the second and third game,” Sen said.

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