JAKARTA, Aug. 19 (JDN.id) – Indonesian wushu martial art athlete Edgar Xavier Marvelo contributed silver, the first medal for the country in 18th Asian Games on Sunday in Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta.
The 19-year-old athlete was in the second scoring 9.72 after China’s Peiyuan Sun who earned 9.75 at men’s changguan division.
“Thank God, I am happy and it’s the maximal result…This medal is for the people of Indonesia,” Marvelo said after winning the medal as quoted in a statement from the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Before competing in this year Asian Games, Marvelo was trained in China for four months and participated last year SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo twitted his appreciation on Marvelo’s achievement.
“The first medal for Indonesia in Asian Games 2018 came from wushu. Male athlete Edgar Xavier Marvelo got silver medal at the final of changguan division this morning,” the president said.
Medali pertama Indonesia di Asian Games 2018 datang dari cabang wushu. Atlet putra Edgar Xavier Marvelo meraih medali perak pada final nomor changquan, pagi tadi.
Mudah-mudahan, apa yang diraih Edgar memacu semangat atlet-atlet Indonesia lainnya untuk semakin percaya diri. pic.twitter.com/vFzHVY6aPd
— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) August 19, 2018
Marvelo’s achievement was out of expectation, said coach Novianti.
In November, the athlete will join world competition in Myanmar.
“Wushu is one of Indonesia’s hopeful sports,” said chairman of Indonesia’s Wushu Association Airlangga Sutarto, who is also chairman of Golkar Party and Industry Minister.
Marvelo was also known to be excellent in school completing the normal six-year period for high school levels in just four years.
The citizen of Jakarta is the youngest among four children of Lo Tjhiang Meng and Maria Caecilia Nureka.
Indonesia expects to be in the top ten list of the biggest Asia’s Olympic officially opened on Saturday night.