India at Rio Olympics 2016: Ace-shuttler PV Sindhu today created history as she became first India badminton player to win a Silver medal at Olympics. Prior to her, neither any man nor any woman player was able to get India a silver medal in Badminton. The first badminton medal that India got was in form of Bronze by shuttler Saina Nehwal in 2012 London Olympics. PV Sindhu’s achievement is also historic as she became not only first Indian badminton athlete but first Indian women badminton player to win a Silver medal. The 21-year-old athlete is ranked no 10 and was facing world no 1 Carolina Marin of Spain.
The hard fought match stretched for one hour 25 minutes and saw many rallies and smashes. Reaching into Olympic finals is itself an achievement. It was PV Sindhu’s debut into the Olympics and the girl proved that she is made for big stage matches. The way Sindhu fought back to win first set and gave a tough fight to Marin in both consecutive sets, was phenomenal. Her accomplishment has made India proud with second Rio Olympic medal as Sakshi Malik brought glory to India by winning Bronze yesterday in wrestling. Now India has two medals – one Silver and One Bronze – both by women athletes. After 12 days of disappointment, India saw the light of the day yesterday when Malik won first medal in wrestling defeating Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova. India has sent largest ever contingent to Olympics this year with 118 athletes on board.