Indonesia beats Malaysia for mixed doubles gold

The world number three pairing pounced all over the Malaysians from the first point at the Riocentro and never dropped the pressure in the 21-14, 21-12 win.

Tontowi and Natsir captured their delegation's first gold of the Rio Games and seventh in Olympic badminton.   -  Reuters

Indonesia's Ahmad Tontowi and Liliyana Natsir stomped on Malaysia's dreams of a maiden Olympic gold medal in badminton on Wednesday by hammering Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the mixed double final.

Roared to the title by dozens of feverish fans, the world number three pairing pounced all over the Malaysians from the first point at the Riocentro and never dropped the pressure in the 21-14, 21-12 win.

Tontowi and Natsir captured their delegation's first gold of the Rio Games and seventh in Olympic badminton, closing out the match when Goh netted the last shuttlecock.

Malaysia has waited 52 years for an Olympic champion but its hopes of breaking the drought was extinguished in just 44 minutes by the rampant Indonesians.

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