His racket broke in the middle of the point, he went out to find a new one, and they won: the incredible play in the badminton final of the Olympic Games.
The Indonesian Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu starred in a particular play during the second set of the match that crowned them champions of the women's doubles.
Badminton is one of the most popular sports in Asia. And it's also already a tradition at the Olympics. But, in addition, it always offers clear definitions that mark the event as one of the most impressive of the most significant sports event in the world. Thus, in the final of the women's doubles for the gold medal, a play went viral in Tokyo 2020.
It was the second set of the duel between the Indonesian couple and that of China when one of the members of the first duet suffered a mishap with her racket. Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu led 18-10 in the set - they had a 1-0 lead in the match - and the former broke her racket in the middle of the one-point dispute.
What did you do to remedy it? As the images of the official broadcast showed, Polii left the scene and went to look for a new implement to continue playing. At the same time, her partner Rahayu endured the attack of the Chinese duo and exchanged several attacks until the other member of the team returned to the court. Once the point was settled in their favor, Indonesia's doubles cheered loudly.
In this way, Polii and Rahayu beat the Chinese Chen and Jia 2-0 with favorable sets of 21-19 and 21-15 to win the first gold medal for Indonesian badminton at the Tokyo Olympics.
Beyond the unbelievable point, the doubles pair received good news from their homeland. As confirmed by local media, the Indonesian government, led by Joko Widodo, will give the champions a prize of 5,000 million Indonesian rupees, about $ 350,000. In addition, Rahayu and Polii will receive an apartment as a gift from a real estate developer in Jakarta, the country's capital.
On the other hand, a gastronomic store announced that they would give coffee for life to the Olympic champions and the district chief of Konawe, on the island of Sulawesi, where Apriyani is from, assured in a local media that the administration will give him five cows and a piece of land where the gold medal can build a home.