JAKARTA, Aug.27 (JDN.id) – Indonesia has passed its minimum gold target in Asian Games 2018 after Pencak Silat fighters from various events bagged eight medals for the country.
Pencak Silat is the new sport played for the first time in Asian Games, proposed by the host country.
Originally from Asia’s former Malay Sultanate which lies in nowadays Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Pencak Silat is a form of martial art first played in 15th century.
Eight events that have topped up Indonesia’s medal tally were from women’s single, men’s double, and men’s team.
Puspa Arumsari who performed in women’s single match came out the best among other finalists with 467 points followed by Singapore with 445 points and the Philippines with 444 points.
In men’s double, Yola Primadona and Hendy presented the 14th gold medal after scoring the highest point of 580.
In men’s team, Nunu Nugraha, Asep Yuldan Sani, and Anggi Faisal Mubarok, successfully presented a gold medal for Indonesia at the 2018 Asian Games. Vietnam and Thailand each won silver and bronze medals.
Aji Bangkit Pamungkas contributed the 16th gold for the host country from men’s first class 85-90-kilogram event, followed by another gold from Komang Harik Adi Putra who won at men’s class E 65-70-kilogram event.
Indonesian Pencak Silat team earned three more gold medals from men’s class D 60-65-kilogram, women’s single 55-65-kilogram and men’s single 50-55-killogram events, thanks to Iqbal Chandra Pratama, Sarah Tria Monita and Abdul Malik.
Indonesia also got one bronze medal, presented by Rusdana Amri in men’s class F 70-75-kilogram.
“This result makes me confident to reach the top ten,” Syafruddin, chef de mission of Indonesia contingent, said.
This achievement currently placed Indonesia in fourth place in this year’s Asian Olympics with a total of 61 medal collections; 20 gold, 14 silver and 27 bronze.
Previously on Monday morning President Joko Widodo showed his confidence that Indonesia would pass its medal tally target.
“I think the target of (winning) 16 gold medals will be achieved,” Jokowi said in Jakarta.