Sunday, June 29, 2008
gold medallist in badminton women's singles
Susi SUSANTI of Indonesia, gold medallist in badminton women's singles, in action during the Games of the XXV Olympiad.
First badminton champion
The Indonesians were competing in the Olympics since 1952, but has never won a gold medal until badminton has been added to the Olympic program in 1992. At the Barcelona Games, Susy Susanti easily qualified for the final, outscoring their first four opponents 88-22. However, a determined Bang Soo-hyun of Korea won the first game 11-5. Then Susanti took charge, winning the second game 11-5 and the third Thursday 11-3. Two hours later, her boyfriend, Allan Budi Kusuma, won the men's badminton title. When Susanti and Kusuma returned to Indonesia, the celebration in honor included a two-hour parade through the streets of Jakarta, which was headed by a car carrying a giant wheel. The following year, facing Susanti Bang in the finals of the World Championships 1993. Again Bang won the first game, but again Susanti returned to win the next two games. At the next Olympics in 1996, the two were assembled in the semi-finals. This time Bang emerged victorious. However Susanti recovered to win the bronze medal match against Korean Kim Ji-hyun 11-4, 11-1. Susanti and Kusuma were married in 1997.