reclaimed the Men’s Doubles gold medal after eight years, thanks to Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido, who defeated and of in the final on August 16.
Ranked No. 1 in the world, the Indonesian pair only conceded one game in their first three matches. Their opponents, World No. 3 Cai and Fu, however, were in even better form in this tournament, sweeping three matches without losing a single game.
Powered by a phenomenal home crowd, Cai and Fu continued their streak in the first game, winning comfortably 21-12. Setiawan and Kido couldn’t locate their offensive touch in game and spent most of their time on defense.
The World No. 1 pair made a quick adjustment to their tactics, though, and started the second game with a 9-3 run. They sped up their own rhythm in attack and caused disturbance to the Chinese pair’s rhythm. Without much of a struggle, Setiawan and Kido took the second game 21-11.
The last game was a repeat of the second game. Setiawan and Kido held on to their momentum and led the game from start to finish. With a return from the Chinese going out, Setiawan and Kido won the game 21-16 and collapsed onto the floor in jubilation.
This gold medal is not only the Indonesian pair’s best achievement, but also their team’s first Badminton gold in Beijing.