9.06 pm: In a great gesture of sportsmanship, Sindhu hugs and congratulates her opponent Carolina who was in tears after her historic victory.

9.05 pm:
World number one Carolina Marin is now the Olympic champion.

8.58 pm: World number one Carolina Marin beats PV Sindhu 21-15 to win gold.

8.54 pm:
Current score: 16-13 in favour of Marin.

8.49 pm:
Sindhu trailing by 11-15.

8.44 pm: Scores level at 10-10 at halfway stage.

8.40 pm: Sindhu bridges the gap in lead by taking four back to back points. Current scores: 9-8 after fiurst twelve minutes of third game.

8.33 pm:
World number one Carolina dominating the game by 5-1.

8.31 pm:
Carolina leads third set 2-1.

8.30 pm:
Sindhu's family:

8.27 pm: Carolina wins second set 21-12. Match tied at one game each. A brilliant comeback from the world number one.

8.25 pm: Sindhu decreases the gap. Some brilliant badminton on display.

8.24 pm: Current score 18-11 in favour of Marin.

8.23 pm:

8.17 pm: Sinfhu trailing in second set by 16-8.

8.17 pm:
Marin totally dominating the second game.

8.15 pm: Current score: 2-11 in favour of Carolina Marin.

8.11 pm:
Marin leading by 7-2.

8.09 pm: 
Maria starts off second game with a four point lead against Sindhu.

8.04 pm: SINDHU WINS FIRST GAME 21-19.

8.03 pm: Sindhu on brink of winning the first game.

8.02 pm: Sindhu grabs three quick points to defy lead to Marin. scores Level at 19-19 after 25 minutes.

8.01 pm: After first 23 minutes, score is 19-17 in Marin's favour.


7.58 pm: Longest rally of the game ends in Indian's favour.

7.56 pm: Sindhu makes an amazing comeback. brings the score to 15-16.

7.54 pm: Marin constantly maintaining the lead. 16-14 is the current score.

7.52 pm:
Marin dominating the game by 14-11.

7.51 pm:

7.49: Sindhu trying to make a comeback. 9-12 against Marin.

7.48 pm:
Sindhu trails 6-12 against Spanish opponent.

7.43: I am extremely excited for today's match, let us hope we get a good win: Sachin Tendulkar

7.42 pm:
Sindhu trailing 3-6 against Marin.


7.40 pm: Marin leading by 3-2.

7.35 pm:
Marin wins the toss.

7.30 pm: PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin enter the court.

7.22 pm:
Sakshi Malik, who is India's lone medal winner in Olympics 2016, tweeted:

7.19 pm:
Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand said, "PVSindhu Go for gold !! Be yourself & look within.At the cusp of greatness is when champions shine. @OGQ_India Next on Aditi Ashok !"

7.14 pm:
Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh said in a tweet:


7.11 pm: India will have to wait to see their favourite sportstar, PV Sindhu in action in the badminton singles final as the match has been delayed due to second men's semifinal match.

7.08 pm:
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher congratulated Sindhu by tweeting, " I am in a flight from Singapore to Mumbai. May #PVSindhu bring ultimate cheer to 1.3 billion people. Whole country is praying. Jai Ho.:)"

6.53 pm:
Indian hockey team reaches the venue to cheer for PV Sindhu.

6.50 pm:
Delhi: Fans gather at CP's Central Park to watch #PVSindhu play for Gold in Badminton women's singles at #Rio2016.

6.46 pm:
"PVSindhu should not allow any stress on her,should enjoy game & play way she did yday," says Minister of State for the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman.

6.44 pm:
After Sindhu's semifinal victory over Japanese opponent Nozomi Okuhara, praises started showering on her coach and former badminton player: P Gopichand.


6.42 pm:
Head-to-head record between Sindhu and Marin:

PV Sindhu v Carolina Marin

2011: Sindhu beats Marin in Maldives.
2014: Marin beats Sindhu in Sydney.
2014: Marin beats Sindhu in Copenhagen.
2015: Marin beats Sindhu in Lucknow.
2015: Sindhu beats Marin in Denmark.
2015: Marin beats Sindhu in HonKong.

6.38 pm: Carolina Marin, world number one who will be competing against PV Sindhu.

6.36 pm: 
Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan also tweeted in support of Sindhu. He wrote, "It comes 2 a head tonight-grit, determination & a passion 2 win against obstacles.No matter wht happens PV Sindhu is a champion for the ages."

6.32 pm:
Here's every important professional information about PV Sindhu:

6.27 pm: PV Sindhu to start her final match of Olympics Badminton singles in a few minutes.

6.22 pm:
Students performed a special prayer for Indian badminton player PV Sindhu to win the gold medal at the Rio Olympics in Chandigarh, India.

6.20 pm:
Sports Minister Vijay Goel also encouraged her saying, "At 7 pm today, India would come to a standstill where 1.25 billion people would be cheering for you #PVSindhu. Our Best wishes are with you".

6.15 pm:
Boosting Sindhu's morale, the cricket great Sachin Tendulkar wrote,"Yeaaahh!! @Pvsindhu1 through to the #badminton finals with such an amazing performance!! Congratulations! Superb smashes!"

6.10 pm:
PV Sindhu's father PV Ramana is hopeful of a good summit clash against Carolina Marin and feels there's a 50-50 chance of her daughter winning the match. "It will be 50-50 chances (to win gold medal in finals today), because both of them are in good form. And it is left-right combination," he said.


5.50 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday wished badminton player PV Sindhu good luck for her final match at the Rio Olympics against Spaniard Carolina Marin. Gandhi said, "I along with Sindhu's parents, her coach Gopichand and indeed the entire nation would pray for her success”.

"Whatever the outcome of the match today, Sindhu has made India proud," she added.


The country's sports fans would also be fervently hoping that the Hyderabad shuttler's heroics against world champion Spaniard Marin would result in the country's maiden gold medal win in the Rio Games and divert attention away from dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav's shameful ejection from the 74kg competition.

Narsingh was thrown out of the Games after the ad hoc division of Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the appeal of World Anti-Doping Agency against the exoneration given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency for a doping offence committed in June after he cried foul that his food/drinks had been tampered with during training at Sonepat SAI centre.

Away from this sordid drama that was acted out at a four-hour hearing before the grappler was not only thrown out of the Games but also banned for four years, the attention of the entire country would remain focused on Sindhu in her quest for a rare individual gold in Olympics.      

Only rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra, eight years ago in the Beijing Games, became an Olympic champion when he won the men's 10m air rifle competition.

Prior to the Zirakpur ace ascending the highest podium, only the men hockey players held the distinction of being part of the gold medal winning teams on eight occasions - the last one in 1980 at Moscow.

Sindhu is thus standing on the cusp of history for women's sports in the country when she takes on the formidable Spanish girl Marin this morning (6:55pm in India).

At the age of 21 she has already ensured that India would come back with at least two medals from the Games by reaching the final yesterday with a clinically efficient dismantling of world no. 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.

Sindhu made a historic entry into the final of badminton women's singles event, several hours after woman wrestler Sakshi Malik had nailed the country's first medal following 11 blank days in this Brazilian city.

The lanky Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, ensured at least a silver medal to add to the country's near-empty kitty after Sakshi had captured the bronze in 58 kg women's wrestling.

With yesterday's brilliant show, Sindhu also went one better than her senior Saina Nehwal, bronze medal winner in London four years ago, and became the first ever Indian to enter the summit clash of the shuttle game in the quadrennial sports spectacle.

Sindhu defeated her short-statured, third-seeded Japanese rival, the current All England champion, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb, attacking play to also make sure that she is the youngest Olympic medal winner from the country.

The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad is a two-time bronze medallist in World Championships. Her opponent in today's gold medal contest, Marin ousted defending champion Li Xuerei of China in the first semi-final with a 21-14, 21-16 victory.

Apart from this encounter, wrestler Sandeep Tomar (men's 57 kg) and race walkers (Khushbir Kaur and Sapna – women's 20km and Sandeep Kumar - men's 50km), the men's and women's 4x400m relay squads and woman golfer Aditi Ashok (third day of stroke play) would be seen in action during the 14th day's proceedings here.


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