Indian Girls Make India Proud at Rio

August 19 15:08 2016

girlsNew Delhi, Friday, August 19 – Indians have keenly been looking forward to a medal at the Rio Olympics from the time the event started from August 5. The drought for medals came to end lately after Sakshi Malik brought a bronze for the country by beating Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in women’s freestyle 58 kg wrestling.

The 23-year-old Indian freestyle wrestler did not perform well in the first three minutes of the contest but bounced back in style in the next three minutes. Tynybekova was leading with 5 points when Malik did not open her account. But the way she performed in the second half, especially last 10 seconds, changed everything for her. Sakshi Malik defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova  8-5 to clinch the bronze. Malik’s sensational success made her to be the first women wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal. The happy girl said that the medal on her side is thanks to hard work 12 long years.

Indian people were on cloud nine after Pusarla Venkata Sindhu earned a place in the badminton finals post beating Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-final a day ago. The 21-year-old beat her opponent in the straight sets 21-19, 21-10. It was a close call in the first set when Okuhara of Japan was making all efforts to place the shuttlecock. Thanks to Sindhu’s good height, her reach was brilliant and that made her not to miss any chance of getting a point. Sindhu did better than her opponent in the second set, restricting Okuhara at a score of 10 and winning a match that booked a berth for her in the grand finale, which is to take place today. She stretched and jumped on more than a few occasions to send the shuttlecock on the Okuhara’s side.

Her wonderful play made the young player receive words of appreciation from all around. The biggest challenge in front of her is Carolina Marin of Spain whom she will meet in the final match today. One medal is already on the way but India prays for gold. She is the first Indian to enter Olympic badminton final. Whatever happens in today’s match, it is sure that Sindhu is going to be an inspiration for many. The manner she performed a day ago shows that she has the best chance to win a gold medal. Rio Olympics is to end on August 21.

The way both Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu advanced further through mesmerizing performances in two different kinds of games will be a motivation for several youngsters who eye career in sport. The one shone brighter in the meanwhile is Aditi Ashok. The 18-year-old Indian golfer qualifies for finals at Olympics. Hopes have started to surge from her as well. It is not about winning each time but about the dedication. If truth be told then most of the players practise amid lack of facilities. Nobody takes care of such things at any point of time. But the moment an event like Olympics starts, everyone expects a medal.

This isn’t fair. Countrymen must support sportspersons even when no big tournament is scheduled. It has rightly be said that each player may not be a champion one day but every champion is a player. Eyes are struck on how Sindhu does today to gain grip in a badminton match to boost her chance to go for gold. The likelihood of the victory is high keeping in mind the great form of the young badminton player. She has the potential to do what others did not do in the past. No matter she comes with a gold or silver, it is certain that her remarkable journey in her first Olympics will be remembered for generations to come. Sindhu, Malik and Ashok have made India proud.

 

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