Badminton brings SEA Games’ crowds out: Badminton took center stage in the Southeast Asian Games on Sunday, when Indonesia was based on a raucous home support book berth in the finals of both men and women’s events team.
It was heavy going for men who fought to defeat Thailand 3-2 in a certain place in the final on Monday after the second and former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat lost to Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk meekly in the first game. However, the women made lighter work of his rivals Malaysia, the shipping of 01.03 against a noisy partisan crowd in the field of badminton in the central Jakarta.
The hosts have taken a leadership position at the top of the medals table with 33 gold medals and 69 podium finishes in general, as Thailand has recovered from a bad opening day to take second place with 12 gold medals, one ahead of Vietnam. Badminton, which is very popular in the region and a source of great national pride, promises more medals for the hosts hot favorite on Monday.
But men began badly for the star player with consecutive loss of joint Hidayat, before Indonesia leveled the tie with a win for the pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septoria and then took the lead until the second singles winner Simon Santoso. As the crowd felt the victory, Thailand clawed their way back with an upset Olympic champions Markis Kido doubles and Hendra Setiawan, taking the tie in a row.
But Dionysius Hayom Rumbak calmed the nerves with a win over Thailand Pakkawat Vilailak in the third singles match. Earlier Indonesia’s wife duo Nitya Maheswari and Anneke Feinya Krishinda Augustine sealed his victory over Malaysia’s second pair of doubles, sparking joy in the crowded field, with virtually all of the cheering crowd to the hosts .
The team event consists of three singles and two doubles matches, with the first country to achieve three victories progress. A crowd dressed in red and white of Indonesia, with many driving vuvuzela horns, gathered in the center of Jakarta before the night football game between Indonesia and Thailand, who have worked in the group stage.
The Thais are fighting to prevent an early exit from the tournament under 23 after a disappointing start to their campaign, which lost to the defending champions, Malaysia and Cambodia a sad defeat.Vietnam came to the table to third place with a gold chain of karate and taekwondo, Thailand, tablecloths in the 2009 Games, a nose ahead in the second after earning 12 first places.
Indonesia hosted the Games in 2006, but the government has been criticized for failing to notify the organizers Inasoc cash to build places, causing a delay embarrassing to the Olympic village in Palembang. In an echo of the successful engraftment of India Commonwealth Games last year, the treasurer of the ruling party allegedly pocketed $ 3 million in bribes from a company seeking bids, and then fled to Colombia with the loot.
The problems seemed to have Sunday off, with the athletes focused on the competition, although there were reports of food poisoning hit teams from Malaysia and Singapore in Palembang. The biennial Games are big news in Southeast Asia, capturing the imagination of competing countries, with dozens of gold medals and regional sports supremacy at stake.