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PV Sindhu wins Silver Medal for India at Rio Olympics – Yoohooo!!

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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.

Until today.

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.

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14 Comments

  • Jeevan

    I too watched the game and she was batting hopefully… though she couldn’t get gold, the way she served was contented. I am sure Sindhu’s achievement will encourage young people to take sports and the schools/parents should motivate kids to take at least one sport. Increasing the knowledge and serious studies alone isn’t enough, but being sportive in very important for a balanced life.

  • KP

    A well deserved and glowing tribute to Sindhu for getting the silver in her quest for gold.She is young and may this be the beginning of her bringing more fame and name to herself and India in the coming years.
    I am sure her brilliant success along with Dipa and Sakshi would inspire many young Indian girls to follow suit.

  • BIkram Mann

    Brillaint .. the young lady has made the whole nation proud.. where all the so called medal hopes went out in the first rounds itself .. She held on ..

    Another one Sakshi did good too, I saw her match ..

    Brilliant news for the young girls they have a long career ahead and who knows in 4 years time we can go ONE UP in the medals .. and cahnge the colours ..

  • Sandhya Kumar

    Yes, she did, Rajesh! Marin also is a good player, no.1 for that. But our Sindhu played well, gave a good fight, which is important. Hope is there for many more girls to give importance to sports…well, esp. girls because the parents here are bent on sending their children to excel in studies ignoring fitness/stamina.

    • Rajesh K

      Yes, I too saw the match and was impressed with the way she fought almost throughout. I am sure she will do better in the future.

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  • Manogna

    It is nice to see Sindhu get silver medal, but I wish we won a gold, then they would have played Indian Anthem during medal ceremony.
    😀

    • Rajesh K

      Ya, all that practice of the Indian anthem by their band has gone useless! Hopefully, in Tokyo, we will make the band play the beautiful anthem.

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