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BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth creates history; Becomes first Indian male shuttler to enter final

Lakshya Sen bags Bronze

In badminton, Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian man to reach a World Championship final after beating Lakshya Sen at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain last night. In a historic all-Indian men’s singles semifinal, former world number one Srikanth defeated Sen by 17-21, 21-14, 21-17 in a thriller that lasted for one hour and nine minutes.

Srikanth will now clash in the gold medal match against the winner of the second semi-final which is to be played between Denmark’s Anders Antonsen and Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew.

Earlier, 20-year-old Lakshya Sen became the first Indian male shuttler to secure a medal in his maiden world meet appearance as he made his way to the last-four round of the prestigious event. Sen had earlier overcome China’s Zhao Jun Peng in a hard-fought quarter-final match while Srikanth cruised past Mark Caljouw, defeating the Dutchman in 26 minutes in the last eight. India are assured of at least a silver, as well as a bronze medal.

This is the first time that India will have two medals in the men’s singles in the same edition of the badminton world championships.

Before this, India got two bronze medals in the men’s singles at the badminton world championships with Prakash Padukone in 1983 and B Sai Praneeth in 2019.

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