Thank You Sindhu

P V Sindhu

PV Sindhu became India’s first woman to win an Olympic silver medal on Friday, creating history and pulling an entire country out of its Games gloom with a stunning display of talent, power and grace.

A nation watched, its billion hearts beating, as the 21-year-old pushed world champion Spain’s Carolina Marin to the edge after building anticipation for Indians across the globe ahead of the biggest showpiece final of the quadrennial for the woman’s badminton.

It’s been 12 years since the flag on the podium – used to both flaunt talent and wipe tears – has been something other than that of Chia. And the Olympics summit clash couldn’t have managed two better women in the ring.

In the end, Marin left the pavilion dazed with her 19-21, 21-12, 12-15 victory over the Indian in 83 minutes.

Sindhu stayed in the game without rolling over, as Marin’s opponents have tended to, under the blistering attack of strokes and streams. Then, she stood on the podium, smiling politely, calm and poised. It was here that coach Gopichand, who joined the celebrations from the back of the crowd, standing on a chair, gestured the last of his instruction for the day – bite into the medal, as it tradition. This was a medal that meant as much as him as it did to the shuttler.

But it was at the end of the match that Sindhu, till now India’s second-most well-known singles player after Saina Nehwal, came into her own. Marin had sprawled on the court, ecstatic after winning gold medal and she desired desperately. Sindhu having shaken hands with the chair umpire and the judges, crossed over to the other side of the net and walked up to Marin’s prone figure.

She gently tapped her on the shoulder and then the two woman – the most aggressive pair on the circuit – warmly hug each other. Sure losing the gold might have hurt, but a Silver had been proudly won for India. It made an ecstatic stadium emotional and earned the graceful Sindhu whatever fans she hadn’t already won.

By the time Gopichand started urging her to sink her teeth into the medal, Sindhu was the darling of the crowd. She kissed the hard earned medal and stepped down from the podium to allow Marin her moment. She knew her time for gold would come.

Thank You Sindhu