The Jakarta Post
Indonesian roller skaters claimed four more gold medals at the Jakabaring Sports Center on Monday, capturing all 12 gold medals in the sport’s first appearance at the Southeast Games.
On the badminton courts, Thailand’s women’s team showed it is a force to be reckoned with by upsetting Indonesia to claim the women’s team gold medal, beating Indonesia 3-1.
However there was little doom and gloom elsewhere, as Indonesia won two gold medals each in vovinam, wrestling, tae kwon do and karate.
The host nation also took one gold medal each in track-and-field, wall climbing, swimming, bridge, cycling and shooting.
Indonesian Erlangga Ardianza finished first in the men’s 3,000-meter roller skating race, while fellow squad member Ajeng Anindya Prasalita finished first in the women’s 3,000-meter on Monday afternoon, ensuring Indonesia’s dominance.
Ajeng’s gold medal was her second after winning the women’s 5,000 meter on Saturday.
Earlier in the morning, their compatriots prevailed in the men’s and women’s 500-meter sprint events.
Stevanus Wihardja and Zarki Rosa took home the gold and silver medals in the men’s event, while Della Olivia and Anggi Rahmadini, won the gold and silver in the women’s category.
Indonesian squad members were disappointed that the sport would not be offered when Myanmar next hosted the Games in 2013.
“We have proven to all that we can make a significant contribution in collecting gold medals. It’s about time for all the big wigs in the sport federations to fight for us,” Indonesian team manager Adi Soekoprayitno told reporters after the race.
Ajeng said that roller skating was a potential gold-medal mine for Indonesia.
“I deplore the fact that roller skating will not be featured in the upcoming Games in Myanmar. The sport can make the nation proud,” the 19-year-old resident of Semarang, Central Java, said.
Roller skating was one of several sports proposed by Indonesia as host of the Games. The other sports added to this year’s event were climbing, paragliding, bridge, soccer and soft tennis.
Erlangga hoped that the Indonesian Roller Skating Association (Porserosi) would lobby Myanmar to include the sport in 2013.
The Indonesian team’s head coach, Fitra Tara Mizar, said the team’s victory was well beyond its target of six gold medals.
“This is beyond our expectations, especially our domination in men’s 500 meter sprint, since we faced strong contenders from Thailand,” Fitra said.