JAKARTA, Aug. 22 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s paragliding team contributed one gold and one silver to the country on Wednesday in men’s and women’s accuracy divisions, held in Gunung Mas, Bogor, West Java.
This is the first time for paragliding to be competed in Asian Games.
Sixth gold for Indonesia was presented by men’s team that consists of Hening Paradigma, Roni Pratama, Jafro Megaranto, Thomas Widyananto, and Aris Apriansyah. They defeated South Korea and Thailand’s teams by earning 1,104 points from six rounds compared to 1,771 points and 1,901 respectively.
“It’s the result of hard work of the athletes, accordingly with our expectation to get (at least) one gold from men’s team,” Gendon Subandono, Indonesia’s paragliding coach said as quoted by news agency Antara.
Indonesia hopes to be on the top ten of medalists list at Asian Games 2018 in which the host country expects to seize a minimum of 16 golds from various sports, including from paragliding.
Women’s team in Accuracy presented one silver, thanks to Lis Andriana, Rika Wijayanti and Ike Ayu. In the event, Thailand was leading with gold and South Korea earned bronze.
Obstacles that Indonesia’s team faced during Wednesday’s competition was weather and physiological pressure, Indonesian athlete Subandono explained.
Paragliding in recent years has become a popular sport in several countries, especially among the youth. In its first show in 18th Asian Games, 104 athletes from 17 countries are taking part.
“The future of paragliding will be better. We (Indonesia) will pay serious attention to develop the sport. We have great potential in this sport,” Syafruddin, Chef de Mission of Indonesia’s contingent said in a statement.
He witnessed the competition directly on Wednesday.