Asian Games 2023 Final Highlights: Satwik-Chirag pair wins India’s maiden gold medal in badminton, beats Korean duo 21-18, 21-16

Read Sportstar’s highlights of the Asian Games 2023 men’s doubles final in badminton in which the Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty beat Republic of Korea’s Choi Solgyu-Kim Wonho 21-18, 21-16.

Updated : Oct 07, 2023 14:23 IST

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (right) and Chirag Shetty (left) face Republic of Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho in the men’s doubles final of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (right) and Chirag Shetty (left) face Republic of Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho in the men’s doubles final of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. | Photo Credit: PTI
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India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (right) and Chirag Shetty (left) face Republic of Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho in the men’s doubles final of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. | Photo Credit: PTI

Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Asian Games 2023 men’s doubles final in badminton in which Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty beat Republic of Korea’s Choi Solgyu-Kim Wonho 21-18, 21-16. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.

The score reads as: Satwik-Chirag vs Choi-Kim

  • October 07, 2023 14:20
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  • October 07, 2023 14:14
    List of Indian medallists at Asian Games in badminton

    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty (Gold, Men’s Doubles, 2023)

    Indian men’s team (Silver, 2023)

    P.V. Sindhu (Silver, Women’s Singles, 2018)

    H.S. Prannoy (Bronze, Men’s Singles, 2023)

    Saina Nehwal (Bronze, Women’s Singles, 2018)

    Syed Modi (Bronze, Men’s Singles, 1982)

    Leroy D’Sa & Pradeep Gandhe (Bronze, Men’s Doubles, 1982)

    Leroy D’Sa & Kanwal Thakar Singh (Bronze, Mixed Doubles, 1982)

    Indian Men’s Team (Bronze, 1986)

    Indian Men’s Team (Bronze, 1982)

    Indian Men’s Team (Bronze, 1974)

  • October 07, 2023 14:07
    Medal Ceremony

    Time for the medal ceremony at the Binjiang Gymnasium. First up, Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, and Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin - the losing semifinalists - receive the bronze medals.

    Next, it is time for the Korean pair of Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho to receive the silver medal after an impressive campaign right up to the final.

    And now, Satwik and Chirag, the golden boys of Indian badminton, receive the gold medals after putting up yet another brilliant performance. They continue to create history for the country.

    For the first time ever in the history of Asian Games, the Indian national anthem will be played at a medal ceremony in badminton. Satwik and Chirag salute the tricolour as it is raised.

  • October 07, 2023 14:04
    A stellar performance from the Indian duo

    Satwik and Chirag survived the early onslaught from the Koreans in the first game before pulling off one of their trademark comebacks - from 15-18 to clinch the opener. In the second game, they were in control for most part and closed the proceedings without much fuss.

    The duo will begin its reign at the new World No. 1 in some style!

  • October 07, 2023 13:53
    SECOND GAME: 21-16

    Kim lifts one long and that’s it. Satwik and Chirag win first-ever badminton gold at Asian Games for India as they win the match 21-18, 21-16!!!!

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  • October 07, 2023 13:52
    SECOND GAME: 20-16

    Satwik lifts one backhand wide. Still, four more chances.

  • October 07, 2023 13:51
    SECOND GAME: 20-15

    Choi nets a forehand. Five gold medal points for the Indians.

  • October 07, 2023 13:50
    SECOND GAME: 19-15

    Chirag nets a backhand after the jump smashes from both the Indians do not manage to win the point.

  • October 07, 2023 13:49
    SECOND GAME: 18-14

    Great judgement from Satwik as Kim lifts one long.

  • October 07, 2023 13:48
    SECOND GAME: 17-14

    Two straight points for the Koreans. Still, a healthy lead for the Indians.

  • October 07, 2023 13:46
    SECOND GAME: 16-12

    Chirag keeps the point going as he runs off court after retrieving a net shot. Satwik’s smash is hit wide by Kim.

  • October 07, 2023 13:45
    SECOND GAME: 15-12

    Great crosscourt drop shot from the back of the court from Satwik.

  • October 07, 2023 13:45
    SECOND GAME: 14-12

    Body smash from Chirag on Kim to extend the lead to two points again.

  • October 07, 2023 13:44
    SECOND GAME: 13-12

    A rare miss from Satwik as he nets a jump smash.

  • October 07, 2023 13:43
    SECOND GAME: 13-11

    The net cord helps the Indians a bit as Kim loses his balance trying to send the shuttle back which he does manage but Chirag hits a smash in the middle to win the point anyway.

  • October 07, 2023 13:42
    SECOND GAME: 12-10

    Clever crosscourt drive return from Chirag on Kim’s serve and Choi is late in getting his racquet to the shuttle.

  • October 07, 2023 13:40
    SECOND GAME: 11-10

    The Koreans are not done yet. Three straight points. Is the comeback on?

  • October 07, 2023 13:38
    SECOND GAME: 11-7

    The lift from Choi lands wide and that gives the Indians a four-point lead in the second game.

  • October 07, 2023 13:36
    SECOND GAME: 10-6

    Jump smash from Satwik bisects the two Koreans and lands well inside.

  • October 07, 2023 13:36
    SECOND GAME: 9-6

    A sensation behind-the-body forehand return from Satwik to keep the rally going but the Koreans eventually win the point.

  • October 07, 2023 13:35
    SECOND GAME: 9-5

    Choi nets a regular forehand and the lead is back to four points for the Indians.

  • October 07, 2023 13:33
    SECOND GAME: 7-3

    Error in judgement again from the Koreans as Satwik’s return clearly lands inside the doubles alley.

  • October 07, 2023 13:32
    SECOND GAME: 6-3

    Indians toy with Kim for major part of the rally before Satwik hits a body smash aimed at Choi to stretch the lead to three points.

  • October 07, 2023 13:31
    SECOND GAME: 4-3

    Clever return of serve from Chirag - stayed low and pounced on it with a quick kill.

  • October 07, 2023 13:30
    SECOND GAME: 3-2

    Choi keeps returning Chirag’s smashes before the Indian decides to go crosscourt and attack Kim’s body. The decision proves to be a right one.

  • October 07, 2023 13:29
    SECOND GAME: 2-1

    Lovely drive from Satwik to take the point after it was brilliantly set up by Chirag’s return.

  • October 07, 2023 13:26
    FIRST GAME: Satwik-Chirag pair takes the opener 21-18

    Brilliant jump smash from the back of the court by Satwik and Choi’s lift only finds the net.

    From 15-18 down, the Indian pair reels off six straight points to clinch the opener!

  • October 07, 2023 13:24
    FIRST GAME: 20-18

    The backhand return from Kim goes long and Indian pair has two game points.

  • October 07, 2023 13:23
    FIRST GAME: 19-18

    A winning smash from Chirag in the centre of the court and the Indians are ahead now!

  • October 07, 2023 13:22
    FIRST GAME: 18-18

    Another gruelling rally and Chirag manages to level the scores as Kim mishits a drive.

  • October 07, 2023 13:21
    FIRST GAME: 17-18

    Error in judgement from Choi as Satwik’s serve lands in.

  • October 07, 2023 13:20
    FIRST GAME: 16-18

    Clever crosscourt return from Satwik to find the empty space in the forecourt.

  • October 07, 2023 13:20
    FIRST GAME: 15-18

    Extraordinary defense from the Korean pair before pouncing on the opportunity as Kim finishes the point with a smash to extend the lead to three points.

  • October 07, 2023 13:18
    FIRST GAME: 15-17

    A rare error from Choi as he nets a backhand.

  • October 07, 2023 13:17
    FIRST GAME: 14-16

    Chirag’s net shot read easily by Kim who hits an easy kill.

  • October 07, 2023 13:17
    FIRST GAME: 13-15

    A superb drive from Kim to win the next point. The Koreans ahead by two again.

  • October 07, 2023 13:16
    FIRST GAME: 13-14

    Great work from Kim to survive the barrage of smashes from Satwik before turning the rally in the Koreans favour with a crosscourt kill.

  • October 07, 2023 13:14
    FIRST GAME: 13-13

    Body smash from Satwik on Choi and the scores are level!

  • October 07, 2023 13:13
    FIRST GAME: 11-13

    Probably the best rally of the match. Both pairs had chances to win the point but eventually, the Indians come out on top with Chirag hitting the winner. He has been a bit off today and that point should give him more confidence.

  • October 07, 2023 13:11
    FIRST GAME: 10-12

    Short lift from the Koreans and Satwik easily drills one smash into the court.

  • October 07, 2023 13:09
    FIRST GAME: 9-11

    Service error from Chirag. The Koreans lead by two points in the opening game.

  • October 07, 2023 13:09
    FIRST GAME: 8-10

    Two smashes from Chirag retrieved but the Korean pair is unable to send the smash from Satwik back.

  • October 07, 2023 13:07
    FIRST GAME: 7-9

    This time, however, Chirag does manage to find the right angle for the kill. Deficit down to two points.

  • October 07, 2023 13:05
    FIRST GAME: 4-8

    Chirag fails to find a deep angle with his down-the-line smashes and ends up sending one long. The Indian pair unsuccessfully challenges the call.

  • October 07, 2023 13:04
    FIRST GAME: 3-6

    Body smash from Kim directed at Chirag who can only hit the return wide.

  • October 07, 2023 13:03
    FIRST GAME: 3-5

    Flat exchange between the two pairs and Chirag ends up sending one drive long.

  • October 07, 2023 13:01
    FIRST GAME: 3-2

    Crosscourt defensive backhand from Chirag goes wide.

  • October 07, 2023 12:59
    FIRST GAME: 1-0

    And the Indian pair wins the opening point courtesy a smash from Chirag.

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  • October 07, 2023 12:38
    Second-best Asian Games for Indian badminton contingent

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    The Indian contingent will leave China with three medals - a silver clinched by men’s team, a bronze in singles by Prannoy and one whose colour is yet to be decided as Satwik-Chirag play in the men’s doubles final.

  • October 07, 2023 12:24
    Head-to-head record

    Satwik-Chirag pair has faced Choi and Kim twice and won on both occasions. The Indian duo won 21-18, 21-14 in French Open semifinals last year and 21-16, 21-13 in round of 32 in Malaysia Open this year.

  • October 07, 2023 12:20
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  • October 07, 2023 12:17
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  • October 07, 2023 12:09
    Indian medallists in badminton at Asian Games

    Indian men’s team (Silver, 2023)

    P.V. Sindhu (Silver, Women’s Singles, 2018)

    Saina Nehwal (Bronze, Women’s Singles, 2018)

    H.S. Prannoy (Bronze, Men’s Singles, 2023)

    Syed Modi (Bronze, Men’s Singles, 1982)

    Leroy D’Sa & Pradeep Gandhe (Bronze, Men’s Doubles, 1982)

    Leroy D’Sa & Kanwal Thakar Singh (Bronze, Mixed Doubles, 1982)

    Indian Men’s Team (Bronze, 1986)

    Indian Men’s Team (Bronze, 1982)

    Indian Men’s Team (Bronze, 1974)

  • October 07, 2023 12:03
    Road to final for Choi-Kim

    Semifinal: Won 21-12, 21-10 against Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin (Chinese Taipei)

    Quarterfinal: Won 21-7, 21-11 against Law Cheuk Him-Yeung Shing Choi (Hong Kong, China)

    Round of 16: Won 21-10, 18-21, 23-21 against Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang (China)

    Round of 32: Won 21-14, 21-16 against Andy Jun Liang Kwek-Kean Hean Loh (Singapore)

  • October 07, 2023 11:59
    Road to final for Satwik-Chirag

    Semifinal: Won 21-17, 21-12 against Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Malaysia)

    Quarterfinal: Won 21-7, 21-9 against Nge Joo Jie-Johann Prajogo (Singapore)

    Round of 16: Won 24-22, 16-21, 21-12 against Leo Rolly Carnnando-Daniel Marthin (Indonesia)

    Round of 32: Won 21-11, 21-16 against Chow Hin Long-Lui Chun Wai (Hong Kong, China)

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  • October 07, 2023 11:51
    PREVIEW

    India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are one win away from creating history. No Indian has ever won a gold medal in badminton at the Asian Games. Country’s best result came in the form of the men’s team’s silver at the ongoing edition and P V Sindhu’s silver medal at the 2018 edition.

    Satwik and Chirag, who will officially be crowned World No. 1 next week, take on Republic of Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho in the summit clash.

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