Indonesia's Badminton Men's Team Beats Malaysia, Wins Gold at SEA Games

Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto in action during the final on Thursday (24/08). (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 9:26 PM August 24, 2017
Category : Sports, Badminton

Jakarta. Indonesia won another gold medal at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, after defeating Malaysia by 3-0 in the badminton men's team final at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday (24/08).

Indonesia's 19-year-old men's single shuttler, Jonatan Christie, won the first match against the hosts' Iskandar Zulkarnain by 21-18 and 21-17.

"Iskandar is more experienced than me, but I had learned his way of playing through videos. I'm glad I could win the match," Jonatan said, as quoted on the Indonesian Badminton Federation (PBSI) website.

In the second match, men's doubles pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto added to Indonesia's lead, as they beat Malaysia's Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi by 21-12, 16-21 and 21-14.

Muhammad admitted that he and his partner lost focus in the second set, making the hosts' fans cheer up for a while, before they went silent as Indonesians won the rubber set.

"We lost control in the second game, that is one point we need to assess," he said. "The Malaysian pair we faced today is better at defending. We just went on attacking all the time, but at the same time tried not to lose our focus," he added.

In the third game, which was decisive for the gold, Indonesia's single player Ihsan Maulana Mustofa easily beat Lee Zii Jia by 21-11 and 21-11, resulting in Indonesia's 3-0 win over Malaysia.

Indonesia has been winning the badminton men's team tournaments at the SEA Games since 2007.

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