New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning a bronze medal in the women's singles badminton at the London Olympics.

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"The country is proud of your achievement," said Singh in his congratulatory message.

Saina earned India its third medal at the Games, clinching a bronze under fortuitous circumstances as her opponent and world number two Xin Wang of China conceded the third-place play off match due to a knee injury after winning the first game.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also extended her wishes to the 22-year-old from Hyderabad and said that she has made the state and the country proud.

Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar in her congratulatory message said, "Congratulation for winning the bronze medal.

You have made India proud."

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Many congratulations to Saina Nehwal for winning a bronze in London Olympics! India is proud of her."

Saina became the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympic Games. She had reached the quarterfinals in Beijing Games four years ago and lost in the semifinals on Friday to gain a chance to play for the bronze at the Wembley Arena.

(Agencies)

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