PV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in a one-sided contest to win her maiden gold medal in the BWF World Championships 2019 Final. “I dedicate this medal to my mother. It’s her birthday today,” the 24-year-old said moments after the historic win at the World Championships. “A big thanks to my coach Pullela Gopichand and my support staff,” she added.
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Speaking to ANI, Sindhu’s mother, P Vijaya said, “We are very happy, we were waiting for that gold medal. She trained hard for this.”
Earlier, Sindhu put on a dominating performance to become the first Indian to win a gold medal at the BWF World Championship.
Two years after being robbed off the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that went down as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent.
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It was Sindhu’s fifth World Championships medal- joint most for a woman singles player with former Olympics and world champion Zhang Ning of China to go with the two successive silvers and a couple of bronze medals.
Sindhu has also won an Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.
(With PTI inputs)