Since 1977 till the 2017 World Badminton Championship, Indians have bagged 7 medals, 6 of those being won from 2011 edition. While the 1st medal was won in 1983, India had to wait 28 years for 2nd medal that was won by India’s best doubles team. The medal in 2011 was followed by further 3 medals in next three edition that saw India’s biggest medal Silver won by India’s biggest Badminton player, Saina Nehwal in the 215. Before Saina, it was India’s only Olympic finalist PV Sindhu who won two Bronze medals. In 2017, Sindhu won a Silver and Saina won a Bronze.
World Badminton Championship 2017 Indian Report: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 (Pre-QF), Day 5
History of Indians in World Badminton Championships: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Mixed Doubles Teams, Women’s Doubles Team, Men’s Doubles Team
List of Medal Winners: India’s Medal Statistics
1. 7 medals: 2 Silver and 45 Bronze medals.
2. Biggest Medal for India: Silver by Saina in 2015 and Sindhu in 2017.
3. 2 medals in same edition: 2017.
4. 1st Medal for India: Bronze by Prakash Padukone in 1983
5. 1st Medal in Doubles: Bronze by Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in 2011.
6. 6 consecutive medals for Indian from 2011 to 2017 edition.
1983: Prakash Padukone wins Bronze in Men’s Singles
Uday Pawar, Pradeep Gandhe, Syed Modi and Prakash Padukone represented India in 1983 Men’s Singles event. While Syed Modi lost to Morten Frost in Round 2, Padukone lost the semifinals to the Gold medal winner Icuk Sugiarto of Indonesia. But, that was enough to make him the first Indian to win a medal at World Badminton Championships.
Padukone’s Road to Bronze:
Round 1: def Stefan 18-16 15-4
Round 2: def Fischer 15-1 15-5
Round 3: def Andy Goode 15-5 15-8
Quarterfinals: def Luan Jin 15-3 15-9
Semifinals: Lost to Sugiarto 15-9 7-15 1-15
2011: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa win Bronze in Women’s Doubles
The most successful doubles pair in Indian Badminton ever ultimately helped India win second medal after 1983 in World Badminton Championship. The unseeded Indian pair had knocked out 2nd seed Chinese pair on the way to Bronze medal.
Road to Bronze
Round 1: def Malaysian pair 21-9 21-18
Round 2: def 2nd seed Chinese Taipei pair 21-18 21-18
Round 3: def 11th seed Hong Kong pair 19-21 21-17 21-19
Quarterfinals: def 12th seed Indonesian pair 17-21 21-10 21-17
Semifinals: lost to 5th seed Chinese pair 14-21 16-21
2013: PV Sindhu wins Bronze in Women’s Singles
With her first appearance, seeded 10th Sindhu became first Indian to win medal in Women’s Singles. Before losing to eventual champion Intanon in semifinals, she defeated 2nd seed Wang Yihan and 7th seed Wang Shixian.
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Def Kaori Imabeppu 21-19 19-21 21-17
Round 3: Def Wang Yihan 21-18 23-21
Quarterfinals: Def Wang Shixian 21-18 21-17
Semifinals: Lost to 4th seed Intanon 10-21 13-21
2014: PV Sindhu wins Bronze in Women’s Singles
Seeded 11th Sindhu became only Indian to win 2 medals in World Championships. Before losing to eventual champion Carolina Marin in semifinals, she defeated 2nd seed Wang Shixian and 6th seed Bae Y-j.
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Def Golovanova 21-12 21-17
Round 3: Def Bae Y-j 19-21 22-20 25-23
Quarterfinals: Def Wang Shixian 19-21 21-19 21-15
Semifinals: Lost to Carolina Marin 17-21 15-21
2015: Saina Nehwal wins Silver in Women’s Singles
2015 was Saina’s 8th consecutive appearance in World Badminton Championships. Except her first two appearance in 2006 and 2007, she had always reached quarterfinals but failed to enter semifinals. In 2015, she finally not broke the quarterfinal barrier but also won India’s first Silver medal in the championship history. Seeded 2nd, she lost the final against the top seed Marin.
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Def Cheung NY 21-13 21-9
Round 3: Def Takahashi 21-18 21-14
Quarterfinals: Def 6th seed Wang Yihan 21-15 19-21 21-19
Semifinals: Def Lindaweni Fanetri (Indonesia) 21-17 21-17
Final: Lost to Marin 16-21 19-21
2017: Sindhu wins Silver, Saina wins Bronze in Women’s Singles
Both had a memorable tournament and ultimately lost to Nozomi Okuhara, who became the first Japanese to enter Women’s Singles final and won only the second gold for Japan after 1977 Men’s Doubles Gold.
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