JAKARTA, Aug.28 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s badminton athlete Jonatan Christie secured a gold medal after defeating Chou Tienchen from Taiwan in men’s single event in Istora Senayan, Jakarta on Tuesday.
This victory became Indonesia’s first gold medal from the number at the Asian Games since 2006 when Taufik Hidayat won the match.
Christie started the first game smoothly and continued to maintain his lead until it ended with 21-16. In the second game, Chou managed to take the lead with 20-22. In the third game, Jonathan found his confidence and finished the set with absolute victory for Indonesia 21-16, 20-22, 21-15.
The 20-year-old athlete is the seventh Indonesian who won gold for the event in the history of Asian Games.
“I thank God and thank all Indonesians for your prayers and support for us,” Christie said after the medal ceremony.
“This is just the beginning. In this life, sometimes we are at the top and sometimes at the bottom. Now, I am at the top…what I’ve learned, when I am at the top, I should not be arrogant and when I am at the bottom, I should not be down,” he said, adding that all previous criticisms that underestimated his capacity were taken as a motivation for him for the achievement today.
His mother Marlanti Djaja joined him in the field after the victory and hugged the athlete in tears.
“I miss my son so much. It had been a while that we didn’t see each other. I thank God for his victory and thank everyone who had supported my son,” she said.
Indonesia is currently in the fourth place with 23 gold medals, 17 silver and 28 bronze.
Additional Reporting by Mathilda Gayatri