Rio 2016: PV Sindhu wanted me to lose focus, says Carolina Marin

Lucia Summers
August 24, 2016

"(Sindhu's opponent) Carolina Marin has played an excellent game and she truly deserves the championship".

PV Sindhu won India's first-ever silver medal in badminton at the Olympics on Friday and was elated after winning India's second medal in the competition.

The two finalists hug after the match.

After a hard-fought summit clash which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, with fortunes fluctuating dramatically, Sindhu was beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.

Magical Sindhu united a cricket-loving nation to cheer for badminton with her battle for gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics. At 21, she also became the youngest Indian to win an Olympic medal.

Despite all this heartbreak, Sindhu wasn't despondent.

Talking about the final match, Sindhu said: "In today's match both players were attacking and playing aggressive on court".

This moment of greatness surely deserves a medal greater than gold - platinum maybe.

Carolina Marin clinched gold after a hard-fought final against PV Sindhu. "She got herself to the highest stage in the world and won the silver medal, which is a fantastic performance".

"I was really prepared for everything because I knew it would happen". She has done us proud.

"Of course, Carolina Marin was a deserving victor as she played exceptionally well".

Sindhu has now become the second Indian player in badminton to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal, who had clinched bronze in London four years ago.

"We thank each and every Indian for their great support to Sindhu's campaign".

The mood was upbeat when Sindhu made a strong comeback, to win the first set 21-19. The shuttle was never seen in under pressure as she won the game with 21-13, 21-15.

Giving credit of her success to coach Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu said: "I've really worked hard before coming". Sindhu's historic feat came after gymnast Dipa Karmakar had put the Indian gymnastics in the world map by narrowly missing out on a bronze medal and Sakshi Malik stole a bronze in wrestling.

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