The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, or Rio 2016 for short, is in full sail; more than 200 countries across the globe is attempting to acquire the gold in various competitive fields, from Archery to Wrestling, a vibrant pool of participants with various different backgrounds and cultures are competing against one another to prove to the world that their country and ultimately, themselves, deserve the glory. Indonesia is one country among the mosaics that constitute Rio 2016 which is trying its best to acquire the gold, and the country has achieved quite an amount of feat in it, with gold medals in a number of fields. Still, the country has earned the reputation as a formidable force in one of the fields, Badminton. With eighteen gold medals in the popular sports, Indonesia attempts to take the spotlight once again in Rio 2016, and we are here to look at the journey for the ultimate reward so far for the nation with more than thirteen thousand islands.
Indonesia has sent ten of its best players into the field of the shuttlecock, with one participation in Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, and Women’s Doubles, as well as two teams for the Mixed Doubles category, and below is the progress of the ones pursuing the gold and making their country proud.
Tommy Sugiarto is Indonesia’s delegate for the Men’s Singles. On August 12, 2016, Tommy Sugiarto participated in the Group Play Stage for the Men’s Singles in Group J, defeating USA’s Howard Shu with a score of 2-0 throughout the course of 38 minutes, with the scores of 21-14 and 21-10.
Two days later, during the second Group Play Stage, Tommy Sugiarto triumphed once again, this time over Cuba’s Osleni Guerrero in Group J, with another two consecutive victories of 2-0; the first round’s score was 21-12, and the second round’s was 21-14.
With two victories, Tommy Sugiarto advanced to the rounds of 16, but he was defeated by Rajiv Ouseph from Great Britain with a score of 2-1. Sugiarto scored 13, 21, and 16 for the three rounds, ending his pursuit for the medals in Rio 2016.
On August 13, 2016, Lindaweni Fanetri attempted to earn the opportunity to get a shot for the gold. Lindaweni Fanetri was matched against Vietnam’s Vu Thi Thrang in Group J, and she was defeated with the score of 0-2; the score was 12-21 for the first round and 11-21 for the second round.
The second Group Play Stage took place the next day, with Lindaweni facing off against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a losing effort. The score was 0-2 with 21-12 for both rounds, thus, ending Indonesia’s endeavor to score a gold in Rio 2016 for the Women’s Singles in Badminton.
On the first day of the competitive Badminton field in Rio 2016, Mohamad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan won the first Group Play Stage in Group D with fashion, defeating Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy from India with the score of 2-0 in 33 minutes, which was detailed into 21-18 and 21-13. The duo continued to win the Group Play Stage the next day by defeating Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa by earning two victory points out of three rounds; the score was 1-2 with 17-21 for the first round, 21-16 for the second round, and 14-21 for the decisive last round. Unfortunately, their run ended on August 13 after a loss against Chai Biao and Hong Wei from China with the final score of 0-2; the first round being 15-21 and the second round being 17-21.
Approximately an hour after the Men’s Doubles, Indonesia’s Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii scored a win against Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet with an impressive score of 2-0 (21-9 and 21-11). The day after, the duo won another round by scoring 2-0 against Great Britain’s Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, with the result of the first round being 21-10 and finishing the second round with the score of 21-13. Another win was secured by Indonesia after defeating Vivian Hoo Kah Mun and Woon Khe Wei from Malaysia with yet another 2 points advantage. Nitya and Greysia scored 21-19 on both rounds against Malaysia.
The three victories earned them the slot to advance to the quarter finals. Just when Indonesia was seeing more hope in acquiring their next gold medal, however, the attempt was cut short by China’s renowned Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang, who had earned golden medals throughout the world’s tournaments. Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang gained a victory over Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii with a score of 2-0 (21-11 and 21-14).
On the first day, Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto triumphed over Hong Kong’s Reginald Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah in Group A, with a score of 2-1; the three scores were 21-12, 19-21, and 21-15 from a 56 minute match. On August 12, Indonesia scored another victory, this time over Germany with Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels as the delegates; the score was 2-0 with Germany scoring 16 and 15. The pair lost the day after against China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, with a score of 0-2, which was detailed into 21-11 and 21-18. Nevertheless, Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto earned a spot in the quarter finals.
In Group C, Indonesia’s other delegates for the Mixed Doubles, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir had earned a victory over Australia’s Robin Middleton and Leanne Cho with a score of 2-0 (21-7 and 21-8), before winning against Thailand’s Bodin Isara and Savitree Amitrapai the next day (2-0, with the first round’s score being 21-11 and the second round’s being 21-13). The pair’s winning streak continued on August 13 after they defeated Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying with the scores of 21-15 and 21-11, resulting in the final score being another 2-0.
Two of Indonesia’s Mixed Doubles Delegates were pitted against each other on August 14, where Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir met Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto. The two teams from the same nation competed, and the winners that will qualify for the semi-finals were Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, reigning over Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto with a score of 21-16 and 21-11, ending one team’s pursuit while igniting the other’s.
On Monday, August 15, Indonesia seemed to be extremely close to getting the gold, as Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir were victorious against China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, scoring two consecutive victories with the scores of 16-21 and 15-21. Hence, Indonesia will be closer than ever in winning the gold medal on the 17th of August, when Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir meet Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, right during Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day.