20 August 2016 Current Affairs: Pusarla Sindhu went down fighting to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the women’s badminton singles final at the Rio Olympics on 19 August ,2016, giving India its second medal at the Rio Games and becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics.
Carolina Marin overhauled the brave Indian to win Spain’s first badminton title. The top seed, known as the “Rafa Nadal” of badminton in Spain for her tenacity and fierce left-handed game, closed out a 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 victory over the 21-year-old Sindhu, who was majestic in her Olympic debut.
After winning the first game 21-19 with a five-point burst to recover from 16-19, Sindhu struggled to answer Marin’s smashes in the second game. In the decider, Sindhu recovered to trail 11-10 at the break, but lost her momentum afterwards.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu : Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player.P. V. Sindhu received international attention as she broke into the Top 20 in the Badminton World Federation rankings released on 21 September 2012.
On 10 August 2013, Sindhu became the first ever Indian women's singles player to win a medal at the 2013 World Championships.
On 30 March 2015, she received India's fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.On 18 August 2016, at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian to reach the finals in the Badminton event of an Olympic games after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-finals. She subsequently won the Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics and became the first Indian shuttler to win a Silver medal and the youngest Indian overall to make a podium finish in the Olympics.
She also became the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal's Bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympics at London.