20 Aug India wins its second medal at Rio
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu the Indian badminton player created history
yesterday by winning the silver medal in the women’s singles badminton
finals at the Rio Olympics. She lost her finals match to, the current world
number one, Carolina Marin of Spain. Marion also created history as she
became the first European player to win a gold at the Olympics. The match
went right down to the wire as it completed in 3 sets. Marion lost the
first set 19-21. She came back strongly in the second set as she rushed to
a 18-2 lead. But the world number 10, Sindhu fought back and managed to
fight back before losing it 12-21. The third set was an absolute thriller
with long rallies for both the players, The pressure played on both the
players as they made numerous mistakes. Finally it ended 15-21 in favour of
Marin who converted her second match point.
The atmosphere was electrifying with a roaring crowd cheering for the
Indian who came in droves. This was the first medal for the Hyderabad based
player. And the second medal for the coach Pullela Gopichand who earlier
had coached Saina Nehwal to a bronze medal in the London Olympics in 2012.
This is India’s only second medal at the Rio Olympics. With Sakshi Malik
having won bronze medal a couple days earlier. She won in the women’s the
bronze medal in the 58 kg category. She also created a record of being the
first Indian women wrestler to win an Olympics medal in wrestling.
India had sent their largest ever contingent of 120 members and there were
high hopes from them. But it turned into disappointing few days as no
player managed to do well. Except for some chances in the Mixed doubles
tennis with the team of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna who lost their
bronze match and the gymnast Dipa Karmakar came fourth in the finals, none
of the players have been able to put up a good show. But it was all turned
around with 2 medals. These will give a much needed confidence boost to
rest of the players. India has still good chances in the upcoming men
wrestling event in which they have traditionally done well winning the
silver in the last Olympics. India stand now 64th on the medal tally. US is
leading the way with 38 Gold and China a distant second with 24 gold.