ACHIEVEMENTS AT THE OLYMPICS: INDONESIA THE COUNTRY OF BADMINTON
A total of eight gold medals, all from badminton.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games grand sporting event has come to an end. Within two weeks, the world's attention was focused on matches in Japan, some of which managed to set world records.
The United States managed to become the overall champion with 39 gold medals and 113 medals. The second position was achieved by Chinese athletes with 38 gold medals and a total of 88 medals. Indonesia can be quite proud because it managed to bring a gold medal with a total of five medals. Together with the Philippines, it became a Southeast Asian country that successfully won a gold medal in Tokyo 2020.
Indonesia's gold medal was again presented by the sport of badminton. Here are some historical records from the Olympic gold medalists who made Indonesia called the country of badminton.
The story of Indonesia's gold medal always starts with this athlete who was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java. At that time, at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Badminton officially competed with the gold medal in the final.
Susanti beat Bang Soo-Hyun from South Korea after trailing one set in the women's singles number. During the procession of receiving the gold medal and singing the national anthem, Susanti shed tears. Until now, the photos and videos have become an icon of the Olympics and Indonesia's achievements in badminton.
Still from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Alan Budikusuma managed to bring home a gold medal in the men's singles number. Budikusuma beat Ardy B. Wiranata from Indonesia who at that time held the world's first rank.
Budikusuma, who came from Surabaya, East Java, later married Susi Susanti. He later retired after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja
Indonesia's third gold medal was presented by Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja. The two were the Indonesian men's doubles pair that won the gold medal at Atlanta in 1996.
The men's doubles pair, who was ranked first in the world, were very favored to win the gold medal. In the final, they beat Malaysia's men's doubles pair, Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit, in a decisive three-set match.
Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya
The successive gold medal was presented again from the men's doubles number. Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya succeeded in continuing this tradition of achievement at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Both pairs are also ranked first in the world and are seeded in the men's doubles. They beat South Korean men's doubles pair Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sung in three tense rounds.
Hidayat became a gold contributor for Indonesia in Athens in 2004. This men's singles player again repeated Budikusuma's achievements after Barcelona 1992.
Hidayat fought in the final against Shon Seung-mo of South Korea in straight sets. Had been left behind by seven points in the first round, Hidayat rose and won the gold medal.
Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido
The men's doubles number again gave gold medals at the Olympics. It was in Beijing in 2008, Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido took home the gold medal.
Both of them are targeting gold in the Olympics after in 2007 managed to become world champions in Malaysia. The two became a golden couple and worked hard until they reached the final meeting with Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng from China.
Hendra Setiawan has just tasted the Tokyo Olympics even though he failed to bring home a medal after his partner Mohammad Ahsan only finished fourth. Kido, who retired first, died last June 2021 due to a heart attack.
Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir
After without a gold medal in London 2012, badminton again presented gold at Rio 2016. This time, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir came from the pair in the mixed doubles.
They previously failed to get a medal in London even though at that time they were seeded because of their rising form. In the final in Rio, Ahmad and Natsir defeated Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in straight sets.
Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu
This is the women's doubles pair who recently presented gold for Indonesia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Polii and Rahayu became the first women's doubles from Indonesia to win gold.
Both managed to beat Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan from China in straight sets. Polii and Rahayu became heroes when they returned to Indonesia and were promised various prizes of great value.
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