Rio 2016: PV Sindhu scripts history, clinches India’s first silver medal at the Olympics
Yessss….. That’s our silver girl!! #PVSindhu wins silver medal in the women’s singles badminton final against the World No 1, two-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain 19-21, 21-12, 21-15. This is some moment to celebrate – a real celebration moment for the country as it’s India’s first silver medal at the Olympics. That’s the second woman in a row guys, after Sakshi Mallik, who led the country to make a new India’s Olympic history.
India’s first ever silver medal by a woman at the Olympic Games
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Marin simply dominated the first game, but Sindhu reduced the gap in no time, took five straight points to seal it 21-19, a smashing first game we witnessed. However, Marin came all guns blazing in the second game, leading 21-12. In the third match, Sindhu lost to Marin 15-21, winning the gold.
The Andhra-based player has become the first Indian woman to reach a badminton final at the Olympics after she defeating 6th-ranked Nozomi Okuhara 2-0 (21-19, 21-10). She assured India its first silver medal at the Olympics. Only one individual has ever won gold for India at the Olympics – Abhinav Bindra at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. And in the process, PV Sindhu stays happy with a silver.
The girl who watched Nehwal win the 2012 London Olympics bronze now became India’s lone badminton medal champion in the 2016 Games.
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