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Sports
– that’s all you need to know
By Hardev Sanotra
After bagging a his-
toric silver in women’s
singles badminton
competition at the Rio
Olympics, an elated P.V.
Sindhu said Aug. 19 she imple-
mented all the strategies and
gave her best to achieve the feat.
Sindhu settled for the white
medal after being beaten 21-19,
12-21, 15-21 byWorld No.1
Carolina Marin of Spain.
Her silver took India’s tally to
two medals after wrestler Sakshi
Malik settled for the bronze in
the 58 kilogram Freestyle cate-
gory onWednesday.
The 21-year-old said she was
proud to bag the silver medal
although she felt a gold would
have been better: “I am really
proud that I could get a silver
medal at Olympics. A gold
would have been good but I
played very well.”
“Initially, I did not think I
would win a medal. But when I
came into medal contention the
aim was to play well, which I
did. I played my best. My oppo-
nent also played a good game.”
“I implemented all the strate-
gies which we had discussed,
and I am very happy that I could
get a silver,” she added.
On Friday evening, the nation
came to a standstill with people
glued to television sets as
Sindhu took on Marin at the
Riocentro - Pavilion 4 in the
hard-fought summit clash,
which lasted one hour and 20
minutes.
The Hyderabadi started on a
positive note but after 3-3, the
Spaniard dominated the pro-
ceedings and took four consecu-
tive points to lead 7-3 and then
9-5.
Unperturbed by the pressure
of the occasion and her tower-
ing opponent, Sindhu con-
trolled her nerves and displayed
swift court movements and hit
bodyline smashes to diminish
the lead to 13-15.
Sindhu, who was trailing 16-
19 at one point, fought her heart
out and took five points on the
trot to claim the first game in 27
minutes.
Carolina, who can annoy any
player with her shuttle retrieving
techniques, looked like a specta-
tor as it was Sindhu who
reversed the roles to clinch the
first game 21-19.
In the second game, Carolina,
dubbed the “Girl Nadal in
Spain” after male tennis star
Rafael Nadal, attacked from the
start.
The Indian couldn’t manage
to control the torrent of attacks
and trailed 2-11 at the mid-
game break.
After the break, Sindhu tried
to bounce back and displayed a
lot of power and strength to dis-
mantle the strategy of the
Spanish opponent but failed
and relinquished the second
game 12-21.
In the decider, Carolina got
off to a flying start as she took a
five-point lead in the initial
stage at 6-1.
But Sindhu, who was on a
giant-killing spree after dismiss-
ing two higher-ranked oppo-
nents in competition, displayed
grit to pull level at 10-10.
Carolina went into the mid-
game interval leading by a slen-
der one point margin.
After the breather, the duo
continued to fight for each point
valiantly but it was the more
experienced Carolina who
proved superior. Sindhu though
kept herself within a touching
distance of Carolina at 14-16.
But Sindhu was left powerless
when Carolina upped the ante
to pull ahead 19-14. She edged
closer to match point with a half
smash and eventually clinched
the contest 21-15.
– IANS
Sindhu On Cloud Nine After Winning Silver In Rio
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– RIO DE JANEIRO
T
elangana government
will give a cash prize of
Rs 1 crore to India’s star
shuttler P.V. Sindhu for winning
the silver medal at the Rio
Olympics.
The cash prize is likely to be
presented by Chief Minister K.
Chandrasekhar Rao to Sindhu
after her return from
Olympics, official sources said
on Friday.
Under the new sports policy
announced by the state gov-
ernment early this year, a gold
medalist at Olympics is enti-
tled for cash prize of Rs 2 crore,
while a silver medal winner
gets Rs 1 crore. A bronze
medalist will get Rs 50 lakh.
Chief Minister Rao congrat-
ulated the Hyderabadi girl for
winning the silver medal. She
became the first Indian
woman to win a silver medal
and also the first Indian bad-
minton player to achieve the
feat. At 21, Sindhu is the
youngest Indian to win the
medal. In his message, the
Chief Minister hailed Sindhu’s
victory and described her as
the pride of India, especially
Telangana.
Sports minister T. Padma
Rao met Sindhu in Rio and
congratulated her on her his-
toric feat. He also congratulat-
ed her coach Pullela
Gopichand.
Minister for Information
Technology K.T. Rama Rao
took to Twitter to congratulate
Sindhu. “It ain’t a loss
@Pvsindhu1 when you’ve just
won a billion hearts & possibly
created a generation of hopeful
Olympic champs, cheers
Gopi,” he tweeted.
“Thanks @Pvsindhu1 &
Gopi for making all of us
proud. Amazing display of
skills & grit. A grand welcome
awaits you in Hyderabad,”
added Rama Rao, who is also
son of the Chief Minister.
– IANS
Telangana Awards Rs. 1 Crore To Sindhu
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