MADURAI MONDAY AUGUST 26, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION OKUHARA NO MATCH FOR SINDHU IN WORLDS FINAL DOMINANT FROM START TO END Hyderabadi shuttler exorcises ghosts of 2017 with a 21-7, 21-7 obliteration of the Japanese in this edition’s summit clash WELL-REWARDED The 2017 final between the two shuttlers was a last-woman-standing slugfest which was eventually won by Okuhara. But Sindhu flipped the narrative on its head on Sunday. She used her height and reach to devastating effect, targetting Okuhara’s body with booming smashes which could only be parried into the net or the ground ■ ■ Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of D20 lakh for Sindhu because of her sensational performance in Switzerland B Sai Praneeth will receive D5 lakh for his bronze. He is the first male Indian shuttler to win a Worlds medal after 36 years 1 SINDHU IS THE FIRST INDIA SHUTTLER TO WIN GOLD AT THE WORLDS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI The on-court vivisection of Japanese World No 4 for record achievement heralds a new dawn for Sindhu & India on international badminton landscape S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N @ Chennai Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 for the first ever world championships gold medal from India Saina Nehwal, World No 8 Amazing performance, @Pvsindhu1! Congratulations on becoming the 1st ever to win the BWF World Championships! You have made India proud, yet again Sachin Tendulkar, India cricket great The stupendously talented @ Pvsindhu1 makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships. PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players Narendra Modi, India Prime Minister THIRTY EIGHT minutes of mayhem, destruction, and sheer, unbridled power in its most visceral form. Thirty eight minutes of PV Sindhu reminding the world why she considers BWF World Championships her playground. Thirty-eight minutes of Sindhu’s greatest hits being played on a loop as she scripted history by becoming the first Indian world champion in the sport. It was so one-sided — a final scoreline of 21-7, 21-7 — that Sindhu could have played the majority of the final with one hand tied behind her back. Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, World No 4 with a medal haul to rival Sindhu, didn’t stand a chance. If the 2017 final between these two went down in history because of the brilliance and endurance of both (it finished 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in Okuhara’s favour), this will be remembered for the way Sindhu dismantled Okuhara. The match ended the only way it could: Okuhara on all fours, Sindhu standing tall. Her constant peppering of Okuhara’s body with smashes was reminiscent of a fast-bowler torturing a tail-ender with chin music. And the way she moved the Japanese from flank to flank was like watching a master puppeteer at work. What really did work in the Indian’s favour was her ability to keep plugging away without taking her foot off the gas. She did not allow Okuhara to breathe. A prime example of that was the way Sindhu reacted whenever Okuhara committed an unforced error. She would rush to the net, pick up the shuttle and be ready to serve. In the 2017 and 2018 finals, she let her opponents come to the net and send the shuttle to her side of the court — a common badminton etiquette. Another slight tweak was her ability to shorten points. Whenever rallies were threatening to develop, she used her height to snufff them out. Significantly, not a single rally went beyond 30 shots, a far cry from the 73-shot one these two played in the 2017 final. In all, they played 56 rallies, with Sindhu winning 42. Each winner was a dagger that pierced Okuhara’s usually resolute defense. The last, a smash to the left of Okuhara that made her fall to her knees, signalled the dawn of a new era. It’s been a long time coming — bronze in 2013, another in 2014, and then two silver in 2017 and 2018. This gold, completes the set. Once the supporting cast for four years, and now the lead actor in just 38 minutes. Dalit man hacked, LeT module: Marathon caste clashes rock grilling over; all 4 let off Vedaranyam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore/Kochi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Nagapattinam A conflict between two persons flared up into a caste clash in Vedaranyam on Sunday evening. A Dalit man was hacked, an SUV was set on fire, and an Ambedkar statue was desecrated. The incident happened around 5 pm, when the Dalit man Ramachandran was found lying on the road with grievous injuries to his leg. Police suspect Pandian, who is a functionary of a dominant caste outfit, could have tried to run over Ramachandran with his SUV and then hacked him with a machete. When Ramachandran started screaming for help, Pandian ran into the Vedaranyam Security police station and took refuge beefed up there. Immediately, news spread that Pandian had hacked RaA case has been machandran over previous enmiregistered and ty While Ramachandran was be. senior officials ing rushed to the GH, his friends have rushed to and supporters started gathering the town. Police near the police station. presence has They smashed Pandian’s SUV been beefed up in and around town and set it on fire. The police, who were understaffed as many of the personnel had gone for bandobast duty to Velankanni, could not control the growing mob. Fumes from the burning car engulfed parts of the town, and the fire services personnel were brought in to put out the flames. Meanwhile, Pandian’s supporters rushed to the spot and vandalised the Ambedkar statue located between the police station and the bus stand. Public, caught between the warring mobs, began to flee, causing panic. The clashes soon spread to the Vedaranyam GH, where Ramachandran was admitted, following which he was moved to Tiruvarur medical college hospital. EXPRESS READ One killed, 4 hurt in explosive blast inside temple Chennai: An explosive device went off at a temple in Thiruporur on Sunday evening, killing one and injuring four others. All five men were from Manmathi village near Thiruporur, and were reportedly thrown off the place where they were sitting by the blast. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST Minor fire at Madurai theatre Madurai: A minor fire broke out at Ganesh Theatre Complex in Melur on Saturday afternoon during the screening of Kennedy Club. All the viewers were safely evacuated. A fire broke out in a room used to store waste products due to short circuit around 4.10 pm. YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) A 39-year-old suspect detained by the Kerala Police over alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba was let off after a marathon interrogation session on Sunday This followed . the Saturday night release of three persons picked up for inquiry by the Coimbatore Police. While the three confessed to having been in touch with the man held in Kerala, they maintained that their conversaSurveillance tions were strictly business and that Raheem will be they were being framed in the case. under surveillance Meanwhile in Kochi, Abdul Khader until the probe is Raheem (39) of Thrissur district was over. He has been subjected to a 26-hour-long interrogadirected to tion in the presence of ‘Q’ Branch team present himself of Tamil Nadu Police and the officers whenever of Central agencies. He was let off summoned, said without the sleuths learning anything an officer substantial to link him to LeT.
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