Becomes first Indian shuttler to win World C’ships gold, beats Japan’s Okuhara in final
PV SINDHU on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final here on Sunday. The Indian won 21-7, 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes. Two years after being robbed of the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that went down as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent.
It was Sindhu’s fifth World Championships medal — joint most for a woman singles player with former Olympics and world champion Zhang Ning of China — to go with the two successive silvers and a couple of bronze medals. Sindhu has also won an Olympic silver in ’16 Rio Games, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.
President, PM hail Sindhu
PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated ace shuttler PV Sindhu after she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. “Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 for winning the BWF World Championship. This is a proud moment for the entire country.
Your magic on the court, hardwork and perseverance enthralls and inspires millions,” the President tweeted. Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet that the “stupendously talented” Sindhu’s success will “inspire generations of players.”