Rio Olympics 2016 has not been very kind to India until 18th August 2016, when Sakshi Malik scored the first medal for India.
Sakshi Malik brought some sense of relief to the Indians. She scored India’s first medal in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category with a very spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan. The 23-year-old from Rohtak overturned a 0-5 deficit in a hectic second round to win the match by 8-5 in the bronze medal bout at the Carioca Arena 2 on Wednesday.
By capturing the bronze medal in the 58-kg category of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling, Sakshi Malik became the first woman wrestler from the Country to bag an Olympic medal and only the fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event in the world. This bronze won by the 23-year-old is the fifth wrestling medal by India in the Olympic Games.
After the glorious performance by Sakshi it was India’s turn to shine in women’s singles event of Badminton. P.V. Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final.
PV Sindhu lost the final of badminton women’s singles 21-19, 12-21, 21-15 to Spain’s Carolina Marin at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Friday. Sindhu has to settle for a silver medal. However, she became the first Indian badminton player to win a silver at Olympic. Sindhu has also become the youngest to win a medal at the Olympics at the age of 21.
This showed Sindhu extreme momentum and confidence, but Marin showed why she is the world champion when she outplayed her opponent in the second set of the final. The Spanish player opened up a five-point lead early in the contest when she led Sindhu 6-1. The world champion from Spain was quickly off the blocks and she led Sindhu 11-2 at the break.
Gold or Silver, Sindhu will rule the Indian hearts which were much too eager for one more medal, any medal, after Sakshi Malik’s bronze and truth be told every Indian rejoiced Sindhu’s ‘do not let go without a fight’ attitude.
As golden hopes were riding strongly on the shoulders of a badminton player, in a different event at Rio, a golfer has slowly risen to the occasion and created hopes for a third medal at this year’s Olympics.
The Bangalore based teenager Aditi Ashok is on course to become the sixth Indian woman to win a medal for her country. Aditi Ashok had an inspiring run in the second round of the Women’s Individual event on Thursday as she tied at the 8th place, while her score read six under par.
The professional Indian golfer had already created history after she became the first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secure her Ladies European Tour card for the 2016 season. This win also made this youngster the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour. At a very young age of 18, Aditi made her mark on Indian sport. The teen remains India’s only woman golfer at Rio 2016.
After Sakshi and Sindhu Indian dreams are riding strong for another ground-breaking performance by Aditi. All the anticipations will come to an end at 3:30 pm IST with the final rounds of Aditi’s performance. Aditi, you go girl. All our good wishes are with you. Cheers!