India’s Silver Lining

Sindhu becomes first Indian woman to win a silver medal in badminton

PV Sindhu became India’s first woman to win an Olympics silver medal on Friday, creating history a with a stunning display of talent, power and grace.

Rio de Janeiro: India's Pusarla V Sindhu poses with her silver medal after her match with Spain's Carolina Marin in women's Singles final at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Friday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav    (PTI8_19_2016_000286b)

Rio de Janeiro: India’s Pusarla V Sindhu poses with her silver medal after her match with Spain’s Carolina Marin in women’s Singles final at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Friday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI8_19_2016_000286b)

A nation watched, its billion hearts beating, as the 21-year-old pushed world champion Spain’s Carolina Marin to the edge ahead of the biggest showpiece final of women’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 China. And the Olympics summit clash couldn’t have managed two better women in the ring.

Silver medallist PV Sindhu of India poses with an Indian national flag REUTERS Marcelo del Pozo

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