I’ve been sitting here at the hotel lobby since 3.30 am this morning for 5 hours to watch Indonesian athletes competing in this year Olympic in Beijing. And about 25 minutes ago, Indonesia finally won a Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles Badminton courtesy of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

It was a hard fought battle. They lost the first set in 14 minutes 12-21 before storming back to win the second 21-11. The third set was nail-biting. Markis and Hendra had match point saved by their opponents 4 times before finally sealing the deal to win Indonesian first Gold medal in this Olympic.

The excitement was heightened with the constant loss of my internet connection. I have to move around to find the signal and quickly reload to see what I’ve missed. But it was a sweet ending when I watched the Red and White Flag raised up to the rafter, accompanied by the melody of the national anthem Indonesia Raya.

I am so proud of both Markis and Hendra. You are Indonesian heroes.

Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan at the podium with the gold medal around their neck
Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan at the podium with the gold medal around their neck

Indonesian Flag being raised
Indonesian Flag being raised to the rafter during medal presentation

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