Jakarta: Hendra Setiawan who partnered Markis Kido to win men’s doubles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic, is now aiming for his second men’s doubles Olympic gold but this time he will be partnering with Mohammad Ahsan.
Setiawan and Kido won their first Olympic gold medal after beating Chinese pair Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng 12-21, 21-11, 21-16 in the men’s doubles final at Beijing Olympic. However, their performance started to go downhill after the 2008 Olympics. They have missed out on qualifying as Indonesia’s second pair at the 2012 London Olympics by merely 71.6903 points after the pair didn’t participate in Badminton Asia Championship (from April 17 to April 22) and India Open Super Series 2012 (from April 24 to April 29) due to Markis Kido decided to stay with his wife when their baby was born on 21 April 2012.
The Badminton Association of Indonesia or PBSI decided to split Setiawan/Kido up after the 2012 Olympics, and paired Hendra Setiawan with Mohammad Ahsan in September 2012.
“I definitely want to win again. Hopefully this year I can win the Olympic gold medal with Ahsan. Currently we are focusing on the preparation for the Olympic,” said Setiawan.
“We are strengthening our technique, physical and mental toughness. Mental strength is very important especially in big tournament such as the Olympics,” added Setiawan.
Nevertheless, Setiawan was reluctant to point out who would be their biggest opponents in Rio.
“Any pairs in Olympics could be tough for us, because nowadays a lot of lower ranked pairs are capable of beating the higher ranked pairs,” said Setiawan.
Indonesia have won at least a gold medal in the badminton events since 1992. But the tradition was discontinued in the London game.