Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Indonesia Bags More Wushu Gold at SEA Games

Source: The Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Benny Respati, left, tries to shoot past Singapore’s Paul Louis Tan during their water polo match at the SEA Games in Myanmar on Monday. (Reuters Photo / Soe Zeya Tun)


Indonesia’s wushu team contributed two more gold medals from the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar on Monday to move Indonesia second in the medal table, behind the host.

Achmad Hulaefi won gold in the men’s daoshu event, while Juwita Niza Wasni won the women’s nangun event.

It was the third medal for Achmad who won gold in the men’s gunshu event on Sunday and silver medal in the changquan event a day earlier.

In the nangun, Juwita faced stiff competition from compatriot Ivana Ardelia Irmanto, who took silver. The wushu team completed the day with a bronze medal from Thalia Lovita Sosrodjojo, who took third place in the women’s quiangshu event. She also won bronze in the women’s changquan event on Sunday.

In the pool, Indonesia lost to Singapore 8-5 in the water polo event, after beating Myanmar 30-1 in its opening game on Sunday. The team will play Thailand in the semifinals today.

Meanwhile, Awaluddin Nur is on his way to the final of the men’s 45-50 kilogram class in the pencak silat martial arts competition, after defeating Malaysia’s Mohamed Fikry Mohamed Noh on Monday. He next faces Thai Panja Ngoentim.

In the badminton competition, which kicks off today, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari has vowed to win gold medal in a repeat of her performance at the 2011 SEA Games when she won the women’s doubles event with her previous partner, Anneke Feinya Agustin, in Jakarta. This year, Nitya plays alongside veteran Greysia Polii.

“I will do my best for my country in the SEA Games. I hope I can defend the gold medal that I won two years ago,” she said.

Nitya said she expected a tough challenge from their opponents, especially the pairings from Singapore and Thailand.

“We may get stiff competition from Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei,” she added.

As of Monday afternoon, Myanmar topped the medal tally with 11 golds, two silvers and three bronzes, followed by Indonesia with four golds, two silvers and four bronzes. Malaysia was third with three golds, five silvers and 11 bronzes.





Link: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/sports/indonesia-bags-more-wushu-gold-at-sea-games/

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