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Jakarta Post

Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido: Partners in Olympic gold

  • Primastuti Handayani

    The Jakarta Post

Beijing   /   Tue, August 19 2008   /  10:44 am

Hendra had planned to use his lucky racket in the 2008 Beijing Olympics men's doubles badminton final. Instead, he broke the racket, which he used to win the 2007 world champion title with long-time partner Markis Kido, during warm-ups. However, they still won the men's doubles title at the quadrennial event on Saturday, dashing the hopes of host China to earn its first gold in the category. The Indonesians defeated the Chinese pair of Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 11-21, 21-12, 21-16 in a dramatic 49-minute final. "I'm very proud of contributing Indonesia's first gold medal here. Tomorrow is our independence day celebration and I'm happy that we gave our country the best present. This medal is also our presents for our birthdays," said Kido, whose birthday is on Aug. 11 while Hendra's falls on Aug. 25, after winning the medal. "We fulfilled t...