P V Sindhu may have missed out winning a coveted gold medal for India, but little did she realise that her Olympics feat made every Indian incredibly proud of her.
The 21-year-old Indian crumbled under the relentless pressure created by Marin to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre here.
Her gallant effort in the finals against the World No. 1 sent social media on fire. Those congratulating her included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan, cricketer players and prominent names from other walks of society.
Such was the magnitude of her victory that even Salman Khan, who drives millions crazy for an autograph of and a selfie with him.
Salman’s tweet stood out in among the thousands who took to social media to expressed their ecstasy on Sindhu’s feat.
Behaving like a child smitten by the glamour of his/her idol, Salman revealed how he had told his mother that even he had a photo with the new sporting sensation of India.
His tweet said, “Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud. (sic)”
Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud . pic.twitter.com/Ka9JHvnsjT
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 19, 2016
Salman was one of the brand ambassadors of the Rio-bound Indian contingent. On Wednesday, the actor had announced that he will hand over a cheque of Rs 1,01,000 to every Indian athlete, who had taken part in this year’s Olympics.
He had written on his Facebook page, “He wrote, “As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs1,01,000. The government is very supportive of sports . Each of us can also do our bit to encourage a sports nation . I admire the work that Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) is doing to shape tmrw’s champions . And also companies like Edelweiss, Jio and others who have come forward to support the Olympics.”