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Indonesia: 8 medals
The host nation was also the most successful nation in the count of medals at the Asian Games. Indonesia claimed 8 of the 28 medals, the same amount as they got in the last two Asian Games and their best result since 1978 where they got 9 medals.
It all started in the two team events when both Indonesian teams reached the semifinals. Then at least the first two bronze medals were in the bag. The Indonesian women had won against Hong Kong (3-0) and Korea (3-1) but lost the semifinal 1-3 to Japan after having gotten a fantastic start with Gregoria Mariska Tunjung defeating Akane Yamaguchi. The loss meant that they had to settle with bronze while Japan was going to play the final.
The Indonesian men on the other hand went one step further as they qualified for the final after an exact opposite scenario that the women; they won 3-1 victory against Japan. Prior to that they had defeated India with the same score and 3-1 was also the result in the final against China, however with Indonesia on the losing side. The Indonesian men settled with silver.
Indonesia had a very successful individual competition. Jonatan Christie took the gold in men’s single after a long final of 73 minutes against Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting settled with bronze after losing to the Taiwanese the day before. Ginting did however get a nice revenge from the team event where he had lost in three games against World Champion Kento Momota from Japan; he won in two against the Japanese in the round of 16.
After an amazing drama in the men’s double final Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo claimed the gold leaving compatriots Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto with the silver medals. The all-Indonesian clash between the local heroes was decided with 24-22 in third game. If you want to read our coverage of that match, you can find it right here.
Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu who recently returned from the World Championships in Nanjing with a bronze medal in women’s double got yet another bronze medal for their collection in Jakarta. A tiring match of 89 minutes in the quarterfinal had reduced the two local darlings’ energy level for the semifinal where they had to see themselves defeated by the reigning Japanese Olympic Champions.
The reigning Olympic Champions in mixed double, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir had put everything in to taking the Asian Games title on home soil in Jakarta. The two have literally won everything – except the Asian Games gold. And sadly for the Indonesian top mixed double pair, this is also how it is going to be as they had to settle with bronze after losing the semifinal to the later winners of the tournament from China.
Only in women’s single Indonesia didn’t get any medals. Fitriani Fitriani and Gregoria Mariska Tunjung were both eliminated in second round by Saina Nehwal and Pusarla V. Sindhu. The two Indians both returned from the Games with a medal by the way…
Gold: Jonatan Christie (MS), Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (MD)
Silver: Men’s team, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (MD)
Bronze: Women’s team, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (MS), Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (WD), Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana (XD)
Medal points: 14