Badminton duo win first Indonesian gold

Indonesia's women's badminton doubles have claimed the country's first gold at the Tokyo Games.
Indonesia's women's badminton doubles have claimed the country's first gold at the Tokyo Games.

Indonesia have won their first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics thanks to their women's badminton doubles team of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu.

The world No.6 team beat China's Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan 21-19 21-15 to cries of encouragement from a handful of socially distanced Indonesian team members and support staff that echoed through the mostly empty Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on Monday.

Indonesia had never won a gold medal in women's doubles, an event China has previously excelled in.

"People said, 'You're not going to make it because Indonesia doesn't have a history in women's doubles," said a sobbing Polii, 33, whose Olympic dream began two decades ago.

"Here I am now."

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen meantime has won gold in the men's singles, denying the defending champion, China's Chen Long.

Axelsen, who won bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, was aggressive from the start, taking the first game 21-15, and then overwhelming Chen in the second 21-12.

Chen had been trying to become the second Chinese man in a row to win back-to-back Olympics in the sport. Lin Dan won at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.

Earlier, two South Korean teams met in a battle for the women's doubles bronze, with world No.5 pair Kim Soyeong and Kong Heeyong taking the honours.

Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan were unable to recover from a tough first game despite doing much better in the second, and lost 21-10 21-17.

Australian Associated Press