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PV Sindhu narrowly loses world badminton gold vs Nozomi Okuhara

Aug 28, 2017 12:57 IST
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India’s Olympic 2016 silver medallist PV Sindhu lost to Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara in a pulsating women’s singles final of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Sunday. Fourth seed PV Sindhu lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 against the Olympic 2016 bronze medallist Okuhara in a gruelling match that lasted an hour and 50 minutes. It was Sindhu’s third medal at the World Championships, with a bronze apiece from the 2013 and 2014 editions in her bag. Viktor Axelsen held his nerve to win his first badminton world championship at the expense of his idol, the great Lin Dan. When five-time champion Lin’s backhand couldn’t retrieve a smash, Axelsen won their final 22-20, 21-16 and turned to his coaches with shock on his face and his hands on his head. (Video: SNTV)