Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen became the second Indian shuttler to win a silver medal from the Youth Olympics as he went down to fifth seed Li Shifeng 15-21, 19-21 at Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 17-year-old thus emulated World No. 15 HS Prannoy’s feat. The latter had bagged the silver at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
The 17-year-old suffered a 15-21, 19-21 defeat against China’s Shifeng Li in 42 minutes. The fourth seed shuttler showed a solid fighting spirit in the second game as he managed to save four match points to inch closer towards his Chinese opponent. But Li managed to held his nerve together and push for the win without losing a game.
Shifeng took an early lead and raced to 14-5 in no time. Sen made a fine recovery to narrow down the gap to 13-16 but he could not sustain it and Shifeng went ahead 18-13 and then made it 20-14 to have six game points. Though Sen saved one game point, the Chinese won the next one to pocket the first game in 17 minutes.
This is yet another feather in the cap of the young Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy product. Sen was the fourth seed in the men’s singles event at this tournament and was the favourite going into the final, having already had a couple of wins over the Chinese before.
Congratulations to Lakshya Sen on his achievement.