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BWF World C'ships: Kidambi Srikanth bags historic silver, loses to Loh in final

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Huelva (Spain), Dec 19 (IANS) Former world No. 1 and ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth clinched a historic silver medal at the 2021 BWF World Championships after losing 15-21, 20-22 to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles final, here on Sunday.

With this, Srikanth becomes the first Indian male shuttler to claim a silver medal at the prestigious event.

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Previously, legendary Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983) and B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019) were the medal winners in men’s singles while the 20-year-old Lakshya Sen joined the elusive list on Saturday after losing to Srikanth in a nail-biting semi-final clash.

On the other hand, Loh who came to the tournament as an unseeded player also scripted history. He became the first Singaporean to win the badminton world championship.

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Earlier, on Saturday, Srikanth had created history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to enter the final in the men’s singles category of the BWF World Championships.

–IANS

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