JAKARTA, Aug.23 (JDN.id) – Indonesia failed to bring a gold medal after loosing to China 3-1 in Asian Games 2018 men’s team badminton final at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, on Wednesday night.
Second men’s double Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian who played in the fourth party were unable to make it draw to China’s Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan. The men’s double lost in rubber set 18-21, 21-17, 18-21, leaving Indonesia with silver medal.
High tension between both teams had shown since the first game.
In the first party, Indonesian men’s singles Anthony Sinisuka Ginting had to surrender to China’s men’s singles Shi Yuqi due to injury in a match that ended with scores of 21-14, 21-23, 20-21.
Ginting could not finish the last set after his request to get painkiller spray for the third time was rejected by referee. According to the rules in badminton, an athlete can get medical treatment only two times in a set.
The host country’s first men’s double Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Markus Fernaldi Gideon managed to equalize to 1-1 after defeating China’s men’s doubles Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen in two straight sets, 21-17 and 21-18.
However, in the third party, Indonesia’s second men’s single Jonatan Christie lost to Chen Long’s superiority in rubber sets, 21-19, 16-21 and 18-21.
The venue was packed by spectators cheering for Indonesia’s team, including President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo.
The President was accompanied by General Chairperson of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi and Chef de Mission of Indonesian contingent to Asian Games 2018 Syafruddin.
Indonesia seized a bronze medal from badminton women’s team on Wednesday.