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Rio 2016: Women Power Saves India Blushes at Greatest Show on Earth

The quartet is a study in contrast, not just for where they come from but also for how they have gone about chasing their dreams.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:August 20, 2016, 6:13 PM IST
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Rio 2016: Women Power Saves India Blushes at Greatest Show on Earth
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New Delhi: They hail from four different corners of the country and have contrasting tales of struggle to tell but PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Lalita Babar today stand united as the confident new face of woman power in Indian sports which saved a floundering Olympic campaign.

Not all of them got medals with Sindhu's badminton silver and Sakshi's wrestling bronze being the two outstanding moments. But they were equals when it came to effort and perseverance in what is called the greatest show on earth.

The quartet is a study in contrast, not just for where they come from but also for how they have gone about chasing their dreams.

Sindhu, who is shining the brightest right now with a silver that was won after pushing the reigning world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain to the wall, comes from the southern corner of the country.

Daughter of an Arjuna awardee volleyball player P V Ramana, she did not need outside inspiration to warm up to sports. But the 21-year-old chose to pursue an individual craft in badminton after watching Pullela Gopichand become the All England champion in 2001.

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