Natsir and Ahmad claim mixed doubles gold

Indonesian shuttlers Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have captured their country’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games after winning Wednesday’s mixed doubles final.

The duo had far too much firepower for Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, taking the first game 21-14 before kicking on and winning the second 21-12 to wrap up the result in well under an hour.

In many ways, the hard work had already been done when they defeated top seeds and defending champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in the semi-finals.

The final proved to be a much easier task, although the relief at getting the job done was palpable.

Ahmad sank to his knees before rushing over to the Indonesian spectators along with Natsir to acknowledge their support.

It is only the seventh gold medal won by Indonesian athletes in Olympic history, and arrives on Indonesian independence day, which marks the anniversary of the nation’s Declaration of Independence from Dutch rule.

While the final was a disappointing one for Chan and Goh, they can still console themselves with a silver medal – Malaysia’s second of this year’s Games.

The bronze medal match was won by China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, after they defeated compatriots Ma Jin and Xu Chen 21-7, 21-11.

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