Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated shuttler P V Sindhu, who clinched a historic silver at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In his congratulatory message, PM Modi said: "Congrats for the Silver @Pvsindhu1. Very well fought. Your accomplishment at #Rio2016 is historic & will be remembered for years."

In a series of tweets, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said: "Well [email protected] .You have displayed tremendous grit to win #IND #Silver. You have not lost, you have won a Million Hearts #proud."

"#PVSindhu you are an inspiration to all young Indian athletes who are hesitant to take up Sports as a profession," he added.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also congratulated the shuttler saying, "Great match P V Sindhu! The first #silver for India at Rio! Very proud! Many congratulations."

Athens Olympics silver medallist shooter and now junior Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said: "Proud of your fight,your determination to fly Tiranga at #RioOlympics2016 your Silver will pave way for many more Golds #SindhuForGold"

London Olympics bronze medallist boxer Mary Kom in her message said: "Big CONGRATULATIONS for winning Silver medal. U make our country proud @[email protected] hard work paid of#proudindian#KheloIndia"

Tennis legend Leander Paes also took to Twitter to wish the shuttler: "@Pvsindhu1 you should be very proud of yourself, all of India is!!The way you played & fought hard, true warrior!Congrats #PVSindhu #Silver".

Sindhu settled for the silver after going down 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton women’s singles event.

This is India’s first silver medal in badminton. Saina Nehwal won the first medal – bronze – for India in badminton in the 2012 London Olympics.