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PV Sindhu creates history, wins silver for India at Rio Olympics after losing in final to Spain’s Carolina Marin

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Mon August 22 2016, 11:32 am
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    An amazing display of firepower by the world No. 1 Carolina Marin against her challenger, India's PV Sindhu allowed her to be crowned the Olympic badminton champion in Rio today, but not before she had the living daylights scared out of her when she saw the World No. 10 race from behind and leave her standing to win the first game. It took all her experience and a number of strategic changes through the match that enabled Marin to justify her ranking and finally win the bout that could have gone either way almost half-way through the third and final game. The intensity of the match never wavered. It was played at high tempo throughout and the players smashed often. The effort of the match was clear on the exhausted girls' faces when it finally ended. While Marin fell to ground in ecstasy, Sindhu was more stoic and congratulated and hugged the Spaniard. (PTI)

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    PV Sindhu was beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by Carolina Marin of Spain at the Riocentro - Pavilion 4 in a spectacular match that lasted for 83 minutes. Both the players had their moments in the initial minutes after the start and the score settled at 3-3. It was then that Marin made some great shots and raced to a 4-pt streak and led 7-3 before it became 9-5. (PTI)

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    Sindhu came back strong into the match when Marin looked to have lost her concentration or the pace of the game became too much for her. Also, Sindhu moved her deftly around the court and even blasted bodyline smashes to reduce the lead to 13-15. Sindhu was stopped at that as Marin built the lead back up to 16-19. The unthinkable happened then when Sindhu took five straight points to win the first game 21-16 in 27 minutes! It was a big surprise! (AP)

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    Stung to the core Carolina Marin looked to avenge the humiliation and before she knew it, Sindhu was trailing 2-11 when the mid-game break came! This turn of events and fortunes was as surprising as the previous winning streak of Sindhu! The break allowed Sindhu to change her strategy and for a while it looked like it worked., but only for a while. However, Marin again raced ahead with a huge attacking game that left the Indian standing, winning it 12-21. (PTI)

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    Unfortunately, Sindhu had allowed too much momentum to be built up by Marin and she was now more or less unstoppable. She initially raced to a 6-1 lead before Sindhu again staged a comeback and evened it up at 10-10. Carolina won the next point to go ahead into the mid-game break at 11-10. (PTI)

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    After the break, Marin proved her superiority by grabbing crucial points even as Sindhu won a few points out of errors that the Spaniard committed. It became 14-16 and every Indian must have been hoping that Sindhu would try to stage a fightback like the one in the first set. But that was not to be and Marin soon was 5 points ahead at 19-14. A half-smash that Sindhu was not able to return got her to match-point. While Sindhu denied the first one, she succumbed to the next. Marin won the third game 21-15 as well as the match. (PTI)

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    The 21-year-old from Hyderabad crumbled under the relentless pressure created by Spain's Carolina Marin to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes last night. (PTI)

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    PM Narendra Modi raected through this post: "Congrats for the Silver @Pvsindhu1. Very well fought. Your accomplishment at #Rio2016 is historic & will be remembered for years." Congress President Sonia Gandhi posted this as a reaction to PV Sindhu winning the silver medal: "Her silver medal is the most precious jewel in the crown of Mother India today and she has set examples for generation to come." (PTI)

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