PV Sindhu settled with a silver medal after she faced a defeat at the hands of Spaniard Carolina Marin. Sindhu lost 21-19, 12-21, 21-15 to Marin in badminton women’s singles final at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Friday. Sindhu had to settle for a silver medal – the first by an Indian badminton player.
Sindhu had also become the youngest to win a medal at the Olympics at the age of 21. Sindhu lost but not before putting up a good fight against a much quicker Marin who was quick to latch on to shots. In the opening game, Sindhu came back from behind to go 1-0 up against Marin.
The Indian shuttler was 6-11 behind at the interval and continued to trail before she took control when the scoreline was 16-19, not in her favour.
Marin had some mishits and errors in the phase which allowed Sindhu to pocket the opening game 21-19, winning five points on the trot in the process.
After winning the first game, Sindhu faced a defeat in the second which took the game into decider. In the decider, Sindhu started on the back as Marin was quickly up 4-0 and then 9-4.
Then the Hyderabadi came back to win four points in a row helped by Marin’s errors and Sindhu’s incredible returns. And then at the break, Sindhu led 11-10 after Marin’s shot went long.
The second part of the deciding game allowed Marin to once again consolidate her advantage and Sindhu couldn’t recover from this surge.
At 20-14, Marin had six gold medal chances but Sindhu saved one when Marin pushed the shuttle wide.
However the Indian couldn’t save the next when an angled shot by the Spaniard fell in the middle of the court.
All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel on Friday (August 19) congratulated Indian shuttler PV Sindhu and Woman wrestler Sakshi Malik for winning medals in Badminton and Wrestling respectively in the ongoing Rio Olympics and AIFF has also announced a reward of Rs. 5 lakh each both for Sindhu and Sakshi.
“AIFFMedia expresses it’s support & solidarity to the sporting fraternity for doing India proud. We award Rs. 5 lakh each to Sindhu and Sakshi,” Patel tweeted from his personal twitter account @praful_patel.
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) 19 August 2016
“They make us proud. Their achievements inspire the entire Nation,” Mr. Patel said.