Yoohooo!! At last, India wins a Silver Medal at The Rio Olympics 2016 in Women’s Badminton through PV Sindhu. Did you know that she’s the first Indian woman to win a Silver medal at the Olympics? We’ve had four bronze medals from Indian women before, but no Silver or Gold.
There were a lot of expectations from Saina Nehwal, World No. 5 & the London Olympics Bronze medal winner, but PV Sindhu blitzed into the finals in spite of being World No. 10 & relatively inexperienced. This is her first Olympic appearance and what a fantastic way to end the tournament!
PV Sindhu is no underdog – she was already the first Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championships. Now the first Olympic Silver medal is another feather in her cap. I am sure many more laurels are to follow.
I saw today’s final match – the Spaniard (Carolina Marin) was more attacking and her smashes/drops were better. Somehow she correctly spots the corks that land just out of the court! But Sindhu was cool headed and played longer rallies better. Sindhu was more attacking in her other games and even won the first game in the final, but she was clearly playing a better player – the World No.1 at that! No worries, there is always the next time.
Although this year’s Olympic campaign for India has been a near-disaster, there have been a few brilliant moments – Abhinav Bindra, Sania-Bopanna & Dipa Karmakar came fourth – just one place short of bronze.
The hockey team, although they lost the quarter finals, defeated Argentina — the eventual gold medal winners — during their group match. No small achievement, that. More was expected out of boxers, wrestlers and archers, but tough luck.
Anyway, I am sure the first woman’s silver in the Olympics will inspire more Indians to take up sports professionally and not remain the mug-up-score-marks-get-IT/govt-job-settle-down types. It’s you and me who need to wake up and make a difference – not just the Saina Nehwals and PV Sindhus.