Jakarta. Indonesia won a silver medal in badminton men's team event at the Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta on Wednesday (22/08), its first in 20 years, after grueling and dramatic matches against China during this year's Asian Games.
The team event, which results are decided based on the best five matches, opened with a game between Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Shi Yuqi. Anthony showed determination despite a leg cramp. He lost, but earned his opponent's respect and outpouring sympathy of Indonesian supporters.
Indonesia men's doubles champions, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, comfortably gained a straight-set win over Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.
However, Cina's Chen Long won 19-21, 21-16, 21-18 with Jonatan Christie.
Another men's double, Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, challenged world champions Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng, but lost 18-21 in the rubber set.
Indonesia lost by 3-1 to China, but it did not stop its home supporters, among whom was President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, from cheering and shouting the athletes' names.
With this result, Indonesia is now fifth in the games' medal count, with six golds, four silvers and seven bronzes.
President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, first lady Iriana Joko Widodo, Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, Coordinating Human Development Minister Puan Maharani and Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto watch Wednesday's badminton men's team final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting competes with China's Shi Yuqi. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Haryanto, 54, a devout supporter of Indonesia's badminton team, watches the 2018 Asian Games badminton event. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
People queue to enter the badminton final's venue. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto compete with China's Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
China's Chen Long plays against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting got injured during the game with Shi Yuqi. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto face China's Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)