PV Sindhu: India’s most accomplished athlete

P.V. Sindhu celebrates winning the match against He Bingjiao of China. REUTERS

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu became India’s first woman double Olympic medallist, winning a hard-fought bronze against Chinese He Bingjiao, 21-13, 21-18.

After losing to World number one Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final, Sindhu looked much more confident on court against Jiao. From her net play, to drop shots to some incredible cross court and body smashes, Sindhu unleashed her full arsenal of shots against her Chinese opponent.

Sindhu is also technically only the third Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals (after Norman Pritchard in 1900 and Sushil Kumar in 2008 and 2012) and also the second Indian athlete to win medals in consecutive editions of the Olympics (she won silver in 2016 in Rio).

Here is everything you need to know about PV Sindhu, one of the most accomplished athletes from India, having won medals at almost all the major tournaments.

Full name : Pusarla Venkata Sindhu

Date of Birth: July 5, 1995

Birth Place: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Sport/Event(s): Badminton

World ranking: 7th (As on 18 May 2021)

Major achievements:

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze medal
  • 2019 World Championships gold medal
  • 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal
  • Two silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships
  • Asian Games – Individual silver (2018) & Team bronze (2014)
  • Commonwealth Games – Mixed team gold (2018) & Individual silver (2018) and bronze (2014)

Both of Sindhu’s parents have been national level volleyball players. Her father, Ramana, was part of the Indian men’s volleyball team which won the bronze medal at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games. He is also an Arjuna award recipient.

PV Sindhu has so far been awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.