Nurni Sulaiman (The Jakarta Post)
Palembang, South Sumatra ●
Tue 28 Aug 2018
Malaysia ended a 24-year drought for sepak takraw gold at the Asian Games after coming from behind to beat Indonesia in the sport’s men’s final at Ranau Hall, Jakabaring Sports City , Palembang, South Sumatra, Tuesday.
Malaysia beat Indonesia 18-21, 22-20, 21-11, robbing the host team of their dream of winning their first gold in the event. Indonesia had to settle for silver, while Singapore and South Korea each received bronze.
After winning in the first set, Indonesia was set to win the match after taking a 19-15 lead in the second set, but Malaysia tied the score at 19-19 before winning the set and the third to win gold. In a tactic that paid off, Malaysia coach Ahmad Abdul Talib made changes to his roster in the deciding set.
“I feel relieved now after finishing the game with gold. During the match, I asked my three players to put pressure on Indonesia and we did it, ”Talib told the Jakarta Post after the match.
Indonesian player Novrizal said the national team will now focus on the new male and female quadrants. The quadrant’s men’s and women’s national teams started their respective campaigns with wins on Tuesday.