Sindhu storms into final

Sindhu storms into final

Sakshi ends medal drought

Sindhu storms into final

After 13 days of defeats, near misses and heartbreaks, India finally have not one, but two medals to celebrate at the Olympic Games, thanks to the determined display by two of our women athletes.

Sakshi Malik was the one to open the door first, winning a bronze in the women’s 58kg wrestling event late on Wednesday.

And Thursday dawned with even better news, with P V Sindhu,  a shuttler of rare spirit, entering the women’s singles final to ensure at least a silver, with gold a real possibility.

After a battling victory in the semifinal against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, Sindhu is in a territory no Indian woman has ever ventured into before.

Bronze medals have been won at the Olympic Games by Karnam Malleswari, Saina Nehwal, M C Mary Kom and Sakshi, but Sindhu will rise above them no matter what happens in the final at 6.55 pm IST on Friday.

Her opponent will be Carolina Marin, the world champion from Spain. Sindhu has a 3-4 win-loss record against Carolina, with the Spaniard having won their encounter in Hong Kong in November.

“It is a great moment, but I have one more match to go. She (Carolina) is a great player and I have to be at my best,” said the 21-year-old from Hyderabad.

Sakshi, a 23-year-old from Rohtak in Haryana, defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan to become the first Indian woman wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.

As Sindhu marched into the final, attempting to become the country’s second individual gold medallist after Abhinav Bindra, a tweet from the champion shooter awaited her. “I am waiting for you to join the club, you have no idea how lonely it has been,” Bindra posted.

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