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China: 6 medals
Even though China “only” got 6 medals in Jakarta, the proud badminton nation is still the most successful nation in the history of the Asian Games. China has a total of 107 medals since 1974, which was first time they participated. That year they returned home from Teheran in Iran with 10 medals, one more than what they got four years ago in Gyeyang, Korea.
China started the Asian Games in Jakarta with big success as both their teams reached the final. The men’s team even went all the way as they claimed the gold medals for the 6th time in history after winning 3-1 against Indonesia. The final included two of the longest matches of the team event; two men’s singles of 92 and 94 minutes. A funny side note is that legendary Lin Dan got yet another gold medal without playing a single match. And then Indonesia actually scored more points in the final that the Chinese winners (216-197).
The Chinese women had reached the final via comfortable 3-0 wins over the Maldives and Thailand. In the final however they couldn’t keep up with the superiority when they were up against the Uber Cup winners from May this year, Japan. China cashed in a 1-3 defeat but still got a silver medal to their impressive collection.
For the first time since 2002 China was left without medals in men’s single. In women’s single, which has resulted in Chinese gold and silver medals at the recent four Asian Games (2002-2014), China was also left without medals this time. In doubles it was a different story though.
World Champions in men’s double, Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, reached the semifinal but were stopped by the later silver medalists from Indonesia. The Chinese duo had been millimeters from leaving the tournament already in their first match against an Indian pair but managed to move on with a 25-23 win in third game. They settled for bronze in Jakarta.
In women’s double Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan added more gold to their collection as they won the final against reigning Olympic Champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. A year ago the Chinese girls also brought home a big gold medal as they were crowned World Champions in Glasgow.
The mixed double category gave China two medals. Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping had to settle for bronze as they were eliminated in the semifinal with a very small margin by Hong Kong duo Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet; the Hongkongers won 23-21 in third game. They were revenged by compatriots Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong though as the recently crowned World Champions also took gold at the Asian Games. August 2018 will go down in history as an unforgettable month for the Chinese duo, which is ranked no. 1 in the world.
Gold: Men’s team, Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (WD), Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong (XD)
Silver: Women’s team
Bronze: Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (MD), Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (XD)
Medal points: 13