Asian Games: Jonatan Christie claims badminton gold for Indonesia
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia men’s singles shuttler Jonatan "Jojo" Christie has won the country's first badminton gold after defeating Taipei's Chou Tienchen in a tight final on Tuesday, causing the home crowd to erupt in cheers at the packed 5,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) main stadium in Senayan, Jakarta.
World No. 15 Jonatan stunned world No. 6 Chou with a 21-15 victory in the rubber match. The shuttlers had tied 21-18, 20-22 in the two previous games.
Jojo dominated the first game before losing narrowly to Chou, who rebounded in the second game. In the third and deciding game, the 20-year-old Indonesia shuttler closed with a historic win and celebrated his gold medal by taking off his shirt.
Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto – who also chairs the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) – and Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek attended the much-anticipated match that attracted viewers across the nation.
Former president and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (PDI-P), Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan were also spotted among the spectators.
Meanwhile, Indonesia men’s singles shuttler Anthony Ginting shared the bronze medal with Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto after losing in Monday’s semifinals. (nkn)
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