Jonatan Christie downs Chou Tien Chen to win Asian Games gold

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Jonatan Christie celebrates his Asian Games victory. (photo: AFP)
Jonatan Christie celebrates his Asian Games victory. (photo: AFP)

Jakarta: Jonatan Christie, the World No. 15 Indonesian shuttler, ripped his shirt off in celebration of a hard fought Asian Games victory against World No. 6 Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Christie started slow but eventually won the first game 21-18 against Chou. However, Christie went on to lose in the second with 20-22.

Jonatan Christie's gesture look very similar to Lin Dan's. (photo: AFP)
Jonatan Christie’s gesture look very similar to Lin Dan’s. (photo: AFP)

Backed by a raucous home crowd, Christie regrouped and proved to be the more composed player in the closing stretch of the match, taking over the decider with a 21-15 triumph over Chou in a 70 minutes battle.

“This is a historic moment for Indonesian badminton,” said Christie.

Jonatan Christie wins host Indonesia's signature gold at Asian Games. (photo: AFP)
Jonatan Christie wins host Indonesia’s signature gold at Asian Games. (photo: AFP)

Christie became the only Indonesian shuttler who has won the Asian Games gold since Indonesian badminton legend Taufik Hidayat clinched a back-to-back gold in 2002 and 2006.

Chou who won a closely fought semi-final match against another local hero Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, had to settle for silver while Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto and Ginting shared the bronze.

A lot of respect to Chou Tien Chen for putting up a strong fight. (photo: AFP)
A lot of respect to Chou Tien Chen for putting up a strong fight. (photo: AFP)

In the all Indonesian men’s doubles final, World No. 1 men’s pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo survived a massive scare, coming back from dropping a set to beat teammates and World No. 9 Fajar Alfian Muhammad/Rian Ardianto 13-21, 21-18, 24-22 and won the gold medal.

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