Sindhu becomes first Indian shuttler to reach Olympic final

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Sindhu in action.

The World No10 produced a stellar show of determination to oust the All England Open champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, 21-19, 21-10 in 49 minutes.

With this, the 21-year-old has assured India a second medal less than 24 hours after wrestler Sakshi Malik ended the country’s drought by taking bronze.

Sindhu becomes only the fifth Indian woman to clinch an Olympic medal, following in the footsteps of weightlifter Karnam Malleswari (Sydney, 2000), shuttler Saina Nehwal, boxer MC Mary Kom (both London, 2012) and Malik.

All four of those women had to be satisfied with bronze and by reaching the final, Sindhu has ensured that she would be the first Indian woman to claim either silver or gold.

The Hyderabad girl will face the World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the title showdown on Friday.

Sindhu has a 2-4 head-to-head record against the reigning world champion and last beat her in October at the Denmark Open.

The semi-final contest was by no means an easy task for the two-time World Championships bronze medallist.

Having lost the last three times to the Japanese, the Indian didn’t live up to her underdog status, taking control of the match with a mixture of aggression and guile.

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Tweets of the week: Olympics takes over

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Some of the biggest talking points.

Track and field kicked off this week in Rio and there were some breathtaking performances, especially from Wayde van Niekerk.

Michael Phelps bowed out in style, but a new swimming sensation also made a splash, while Andy Murray dazzled on the tennis court.

BOLT INTO HISTORY

His Olympic preparation hadn’t been ideal and he entered Rio facing some questions, but the fastest man on the planet proved, yet again, that doubting him is futile as he always delivers.

He did so again with gold in the 100m, beating Justin Gatlin, to claim his third 100m title in a row.

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Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero gets mocked for missing penalties against Steaua Bucharest, a Leonardo Di Caprio lookalike steals the show in Rio, while actor Zac Efron finally met Simone Biles.

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Rio 2016 Olympian of the Day: Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt stormed across the finish line ahead of Andre De Grasse and Christophe Lemaitre to win the 200m final in 19.78 seconds on Friday morning for his third straight Olympic gold in the event and his eighth title in the Games overall.

Bolt dominated the narrative leading up to and during the Olympic Games and lived up to his reputation, blowing away the competition and emerging as the undisputed track superstar.

Unfortunately, we won’t be treated to the sight of the Jamaican speeding down a track in the Games again. He confirmed after his victory that his celebration of falling to his knees on the track was his way of “saying goodbye.”

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