Kapu Ratnam PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin on Twitter by a huge margin
World number 1 Carolina Marin might have defeated PV Sindhu in the women’s badminton gold medal match at the Rio Olympics but the new found love and admiration for India’s first individual female Olympic silver medalist Sindhu on Twitter shows she is the bigger winner of people’s hearts. It is evident on Twitter where she now has a staggering 2,00,000 followers.
This number is almost twice as much as the followers gold medalist Carolina who has 1,20,000 on Twitter. Just before the start of the Olympics, Sindhu had only around 36,000 followers which has now multiplied almost six times, reaching the 200 K mark.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik whose podium finish ended India’s drought for the first medal at Rio Olympics also has a good share of Twitter followers. Having opened a Twitter account just four months ago, Sakshi has around 38,400 followers.
The silver and bronze medal won by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik respectively not only saved India from the embarrassment of drawing a blank at Rio but also earned them a lot of fans for their amazing performance, especially from a country that lacks the infrastructure and financial support a sportsperson requires.
In the bronze medal play-off, Sakshi was trailing 0-5 at the end of the first half, before she eventually bounced back and notched a 8-5 win over her opponent Aisuluu and sealed the bronze. A story of true grit, that led the whole country to discover their newest idol.
After her powerful quarterfinal performance, PV Sindhu had already made her mark, and had millions of Indians rooting for her to go for gold. She put up a brave fight before going down 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 to Spaniard Carolina and earned a silver, and a nation’s respect.