Rio Olympics 2016: Day 14 saw India win a historic silver medal in badminton after PV Sindhu went down fighting in a closely contested women's singles final against Spain's Carolina Marin. But her second-placed finish made her the most successful Indian woman at the Olympics.
PV Sindhu's silver Medal in the women's singles competition lifted India's spirits, as the nation erupted in joy at the 21-year-old's historic feat. World No 10 Sindhu fought hard but ultimately ended up losing 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain.
The silver took India's medal tally to two, after wrestler Sakshi Malik won bronze in the 58-kilogram freestyle wrestling on Wednesday.
Sindhu started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.
Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15. Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.
In the second game, Carolina attacked from the start and Sindhu couldn't manage to control the torrent of attacks, trailing 2-11 at the mid-game break. After the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of her Spanish opponent, but eventually relinquished the second game 12-21.
In the decider, Marin got off to a flying start and took a five-point lead to go 6-1 up. But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in the earlier rounds, pulled level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one-point margin.
After the breather, the duo continued to fight valiantly for each point, but it was the more experienced Marin who proved superior. Sindhu kept herself within touching distance at 14-16. But she was powerless when Marinupped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15 to become the first Eurpoean woman to clinch gold.