World Badminton Championship Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian ace shuttler and 2017 Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu won the silver medal in 2017 World Badminton Championship held at Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom).
In the final match, Sindhu lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara by 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 score. Earlier, in Saina Nehwal had won bronze medal. This is for first time, Indian shuttlers have won two medals in the Championship.
It was overall Sindhu’s third medal at the World Championships as she earlier had won bronze medals in 2013 and 2014 editions.
PV Sindhu received international attention after getting listed on the Top 20 list of Badminton World Federation rankings in 2012. In 2013, she created history by becoming first Indian women’s singles badminton player to win medal at World Championships. Sindhu had won Silver medal in 2017 Rio Olympics. She was the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. Sindhu has been awarded Padma Shri in 2015, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.
India’s achievements at World Badminton Championship
Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a medal at Championship after he had won bronze medal in the men’s singles in 1983. Women’s doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had won bronze medal in 2011.