TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian para-badminton team clinched two medals in the SU5 men's singles at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday afternoon, with Dheva Anrimusthi snatching one silver medal and Suryo Nugroho pocketing one bronze medal.
In the final match, Anrimusthi was defeated by Malaysian athlete Cheah Liek Hou by a tight margin of 17-21, 15-21.
Anrimusthi, whose rank was above Hou, had to face a patience-draining match as his opponent consistently hit cross shots, forcing him to run after the shuttlecock.
When Anrimusthi started to slacken, Hou delivered hard smashes that were difficult to block. The strategy was used throughout the match.
Meanwhile, both players took turns pursuing points, with Anrimusthi equalizing the score at least twice during the match.
In the first game, when he was left behind at 13-15, he managed to raise the score to 16-15. However, his high lob went out of line, making the score even.
Hou scored two straight points next and reclaimed the lead by 16-18.
After this point, the Indonesian athlete could only add one more point until the game ended 17-21.
Meanwhile, in the second game, he managed to earn two consecutive points and led 14-13 after being left behind.
However, he made another mistake, and Hou managed to take over the game to score 14-15.
During the match, it seemed that the advantage held by the 2019 BWF World Champion did not last long as it only left a difference of one or two points, making it easy for Hou to catch up.
Finally, after 50 minutes of play, Anrimusthi had to submit to the dominance of his opponent, earning a silver medal for the Indonesian contingent.
Meanwhile, his compatriot, Suryo Nugroho, lost to Fang Jen Yu from Taiwan with a score of 21-16, 21-9.
Earlier, Nugroho had been defeated by Anrimusthi in the semi-final match which took place on Saturday morning.