Shuttler Sindhu created history on Friday as she became the first Indian woman to clinch silver at the Olympics. She lost the final 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 against World number 1, Calorina Marin of spain.

With her medal at the Rio Olympics 2016, she automatically qualifies for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award.

Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Sakshi Malik also automatically qualifies for the award. She ended India’s painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games after winning the bronze in the 58kg category. She defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the Play-off bout.

Woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar and ace shooter Jitu Rai were also recommended for the prestigious award by the selection panel appointed by the Sports Ministry. The 23-year-old Tripura-born gymnast became an overnight sensation after she finished fourth in the women's vault final, missing the bronze medal by mere 0.150 points.

Jitu, on the other hand, was ranked third in the world in the men's 10m air pistol. He was one of two Indian shooters to make the final of their respective events in Rio, the other being Abhinav Bindra. Jitu entered the final of the men's 10m air pistol before ending up eighth but could not advance to the same stage in the 50m pistol, his pet event, in the Rio Games.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given to the sportsperson who has produced spectacular and outstanding performance in the last four years and it carries a cash amount of Rs 7.5 lakh.

The Khel Ratna winners will receive the award from President Pranab Mukherjee on National Sports Day on August 29.

These athletes will join the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, Viswanathan Anand and other respected sportspersons to receive the award.

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