Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik announced as Indian flagbearer at closing ceremony

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But, when the champion shuttler returns to the city on Monday morning with a silver medal in her kitty - the biggest achievement by any Indian woman athlete in Olympics history - millions will be waiting to have a glimpse of the images of the proud parents P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya giving an emotional welcome to their gifted daughter.

The renowned brands are now lining up to sign up contracts with badminton silver medallist PV Sindhu, bronze medal victor in wrestling Sakshi Malik and gymnast from Agartala Dipa Karmakar.

A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals at the Games, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.

"Everybody is after cricketers in India".

Other sports like swimming, judo, rowing, table tennis and weightlifting also featured Indian athletes, but they all were buried by the top competition. "I wish them and all the others for their efforts and we hope that we can do even better in the future".

The quartet is a study in contrast, not just for where they come from but also for how they have gone about chasing their dreams. I am not a very rich person. "In the last round I had to give my maximum", said Sakshi after the win.

After his loss in the qualification, Yogeshwar's only hope of making the medal round depended on his Mongolian opponent reaching the gold medal bout. She lost to Carolina Marin in a hard fought three-game match and had to settle for silver - a brilliant achievement nonetheless, if one looks at how she pushed Marina, now the world number 1, to the absolute limits of her game.

They hail from four different corners of the country and have contrasting tales of struggle to tell but P V Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Lalita Babar stand united as the confident new face of woman power in Indian sports which saved a floundering Olympic campaign.

He said he would also request the Olympic committee to recommend to the finance minister a tax exemption for the prize money.

He said he was ready to offer similar cash awards to any Indian who wins a medal at Rio.

Although Sindhu missed out on gold, she displayed a superb fighting spirit against Spaniard world number one Carolina Marin throughout the summit showdown match to earn India's second medal in Rio Games. I went and I gave my 100 percent.

The Games will close a circle with the Olympic flame being extinguished and apart from the melancholy, the organizers have promised to show the best of Brazil.