She fought like a warrior and won a billion hearts back home before losing to a much better player and world champion Carolina Marin of Spain to settle for the silver in women’s badminton singles at Rio Olympics on Friday. PV Sindhu, however, will go down in the Indian sports history as the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in the Olympics. In process, she also became only the fifth women, including Karnam Malleswari, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Sakshi Malik to have won a medal at the mega event.
Though she failed to win the gold, she is already a champion for her countrymen and the people back home showed their gratitude and happiness on her achievement on the social media. From the Indian President, Prime Minster to celebs, including Amitabh Bachchan, Vijender Singh, Virender Sehwag and others, everyone congratulated the silver medallist on twitter:
T 2353 - #PVSindhu .. look what you did .. you had 1.25 billion people rooting for you !! That is no mean achievement ! Proud of you !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 19, 2016
#PVSindhu has brought so much happiness to an entire country. Hard work and determination always pays off so much to learn from her— Varun dhawan (@Varun_dvn) August 19, 2016
Hats off to you #PVSindhu .... I have become a great fan of yours ... Congratulations !— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) August 19, 2016
Gold wud hv been gr8but even in it they do mixing,out of 500gm Gold medal,494gm is silver,but u wud know d price of dat 6 gm best,#PVSindhu— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 19, 2016