World Badminton Championships 2017: Five incredible records broken by Indian shuttlers
The recently-concluded 2017 World Badminton Championships will always remain memorable for every Indian badminton aficionado. With a 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 loss to Nozomi Okuhara, PV Sindhu may have had to end up with a silver medal after losing by a hair’s breadth in a brutal and brilliant final but the sheer joy of watching the Pullela Gopichand protégé leaving everything on the court in pursuit of the gold overshadowed everything.
Two Indians on the podium made our hearts swell with pride as Saina Nehwal too clinched a bronze after a year of inconsistencies and self-doubts following knee surgery in September. India’s performance not only established them as a rising powerhouse but it also raised hopes of a far brighter future.
The entire week at Glasgow was special for it was dotted with many moments to cherish and some exceptional records. Here are five records that stood out:
#1 An unprecedented haul of two medals
The 2017 World Championships ushered in a new era for Indian badminton. Two Indians finished on the podium in a single year for the very first time in this tournament, which was staged for the first time in 1977. India won its first medal in 1983 courtesy of the legendary Prakash Padukone, who brought home a men’s singles bronze.
It took the country another 28 years to taste its second medal, that was won by the women’s doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in 2011.
Since 2013, India has finished with at least one medal in every World Championships. It was a teenage Sindhu, who captured India’s maiden women’s singles bronze in 2013 and repeated her heroics the very next year by emulating her own feat.
In 2015, an Indian featured in a final for the very first time after Saina Nehwal’s glorious campaign gave her and India’s first silver.
This time, India’s two most dependable golden girls both gave ample examples of their fighting skills to seize the silver and the bronze. It not only speaks volumes of how far the sport has come in the country but also signals an even brighter future.