RIO 2016

Olympics: Marín claims badminton gold for Spain

Carolina Marín defeated India's P. V. Sindhu in three games in Rio on Friday to win a maiden Olympic gold medal.

Carolina Marín gana el oro en bádminton femenino
MARCELO DEL POZO REUTERS

Spanish badminton world number one Carolina Marín defeated Indian shuttler P. V. Sindhu in three games to clinch Olympic gold in the women's singles on Friday.

Spaniard comes from behind for victory

Marín lost the first game 21-19 but grabbed the second 21-12 before claiming gold with a 21-15 win in the decider.

P. V. Sindhu won the first game before succumbing to Marín.

It was a first gold medal for the Spaniard, 23, who was told off by the umpire on several occasions during the match because of the level of her screeching.

The third and final game was locked at 10-10 before Marín went 14-10 ahead.

It was a gap that Sindhu could not bridge as Marín went to 20-15 before finishing off her Indian counterpart in an engrossing encounter.

Marín sinks to her knees after sealing gold.

Second medal for India at Rio 2016

21-year-old Sindhu's hard-fought silver was India's second medal of the Rio Olympics after female wrestler Sakshi Malik took bronze on Wednesday.