Rio Olympics 2016: Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu shine for India; USA top tally with 121 medals

At a time when it looked like that India could come back home empty-handed, Sakshi, who hails from Rohtak, brought smiles back home as she became the first Indian female wrestler to clinch a medal at the mega event.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2016, 08:57 AM IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu shine for India; USA top tally with 121 medals

Rio De Janeiro: Despite sending its biggest contingent at Rio Olympics 2016, India ended up with just two medals as Rio Olympics 2016 came to an end on Sunday.

Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu were the only two players who came back with medals from the biggest sporting extravaganza.

At a time when it looked like that India could come back home empty-handed, Sakshi, who hails from Rohtak, brought smiles back home as she became the first Indian female wrestler to clinch a medal at the mega event.

In badminton, the fans were dejected after injured Saina Nehwal was knocked out early in the tournament.

But Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu were two shuttlers, who fought with all their might and played out of their skins every time they hit the court.

Srikanth was unfortunate to face Lin Dan in the quarter-finals, but he made sure to give the five-time World Champion a run for his money before bowing out in three games.

On the other hand, Sindhu emerged to be India's biggest star this year as she defeated higher-ranked opponents back-to-back before settling for a silver medal in the final against World No. 1 Carolina Marin.

Among other countries, Team USA topped the Medals Tally with 121 medals followed by Great Britain (67) and China (70).

While Great Britain picked up momentum in the latter part of the tournament, it was a poor tournament for China considering the kind of standards they have set at Olympics.