India wins a silver, a bronze and looses three very close bronzes



P V Sandhu has come as saviour of India’s honour at the Rio Olympics 2016. She beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 that she dominated with a  torrent of smashes and drop shots in the finals of the women’s singles to  enter in the race for a gold in the finals. A day earlier Sakshi Malik had to wrestle a Bronze in wrestling with India till day 13 of the 16-day Olympic event having scored not even one medal while it fielded the biggest-ever contingent of players.

A few Indian contestants such as the promising  Shooter Abhinav Bindra, a Beijing Olympics gold medalist, finished fourth in 10-meter air rifle event. The mixed doubles tennis team of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna also lost the bronze medal match. So did Deepa Carmaker, India’s first female gymnast to compete in the Olympics, who finished  fourth in the women’s vaults final.

P V Sandhu made history her being the first Indian woman to win a silver medal ever in the history of Olympics.

Sindhu competed with the  current world No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the gold medal match  Friday  evening India time and lost and  had to contend with a  silver.

Other Indian player hopefuls still in the medal contest at Rio include male wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, a London Olympics bronze medalist who will compete on the last day of the Games and female golfer Aditi Ashok who will play the third round in the Olympic Golf Course  Friday  afternoon India time.

At least India now goes back with a silver and a bronze  as a whole nation of 1.3 billion had prayed really hard. Indian news  channels for the last two days have been  proudly calling Sakshi Malik and P V Sandhu as ‘Bharat ki Mahan Betiyan’ – the great daughters of India.


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