PV Sindhu wins historic Badminton World Championships gold


Basel (Switzerland), Aug 25: P V 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 off 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 2016 Rio Games, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju and Badminton Association of India (BAI) president and Assam Finance, Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma congratulated the ace shuttler after her historic victory.

Sindhu’s family members in Hyderabad celebrated her badminton world championship gold.

(With inputs from PTI)