PV Sindhu created history as she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships gold by beating Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided final on Sunday.
After PV Sindhu created history by clinching the World Championship gold, members from the sporting fraternity came forward to congratulate the silver medalist of Rio Olympics 2016. They included the likes of VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, and Saina Nehwal.
VVS Laxman came forward and wrote that that PV Sindhu had shown great exhibition of skill, fitness and mental strength to defeat Japan’s Okuhara in such an emphatic fashion. Laxman then added that he was proud of the shuttler.
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Harbhajan Singh took to social media and congratulated PV Sindhu and urged her to keep inspiring.
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Congratulations PV Sindhu 1st indian to win Gold @Pvsindhu1 keep inspiring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 25, 2019
PV Sindhu's fellow athlete Saina Nehwal, who is also her fierce rival appreciated the young shuttler after her incredible achievement. Taking to the micro-blogging site, Saina Nehwal congratulated PV Sindhu for becoming the first-ever player to win the World Championship gold medal for India.
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Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 for the first ever world championships gold medal from India 👍— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 25, 2019
Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced cash awards of Rs. 20 lakh for new world champion PV Sindhu and Rs.5 lakh for bronze medalist Sai Praneet for their historic performance at the World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland.
BAI President @himantabiswa announces cash award of 2⃣0⃣ lac for World Champion @Pvsindhu1 and 5⃣lac for @saiprneeth92 for their historic performance at the #bwfworldchampionship2019— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2019
Kudos Champs!#IndiaontheRise #BWFWC2019 pic.twitter.com/imPqB5nVmu
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 Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.