“She might not have won Gold but she is our diamond! Thank you”


The gallant attempt by P V Sindhu to win a coveted gold medal for India ended in heart-break when she went down fighting against Spain’s Carolina Marin and settled for a silver in the women’s singles badminton competition of the Rio Olympics here today.

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.

Sindhu thus became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London).

The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics and the first to clinch a silver.

Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics.

Her brave effort was instantly recognised by Indians up and down the country. It was surreal that three Indian athletes who flew the flag of Indian sports at the Olympics so brilliantly were all Indians. Sindhu’s historic feat came after gymnast Dipa Karmakar had put the Indian gymnastics at the world map by narrowly missing out on a bronze medal and Sakshi Malik stole a bronze in wrestling.

Social media has been on fire ever since Sindhu’s match against Marin ended with everyone showering praises on the gutsy daughter of India.

Here are some reactions.