Indonesian disabled sprinter Suyono grabbed three gold medals and broke the track’s Southeast Asian record at the 6th ASEAN Para Games in Surakarta, Central Java, on Sunday.
After collecting two gold medals on Saturday in the men’s 100-meter and 400-meter races at the Manahan Stadium, Suyono broke the men’s T38 class 200-meter Southeast Asian record and tripled his gold medal tally on Sunday.
The Magetan, East Java, born sprinter finished in a time of 25.04 seconds to break the record of 30.25 seconds set in 2001 by Malaysian Niam Lai Heng.
Suyono, who won the bronze medals in the 200-m and 400-m races at last year’s Asian Paragames in Guangzhou, China, said that his only occupation was sprinting.
“I used to sell soya bean milk door to door... But now I don’t work anymore. Thus, I hope I can make use of the bonuses from winning these medals to open a shop so that I can still earn income after I stop running,” said Suyono as quoted by Antara news agency on Sunday. Suyono also clocked a time of 12.53 seconds in the previous day’s men’s 100-m in the T38 class, winning gold by breaking the 14.27 second record set by Malaysian Niam Lai Heng in 2001.
For each of the gold medals he collected, the Sports of Youth Affairs Ministry will pay him Rp 40 million (US$4,400). Suyono will compete for more gold medals victories in the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay events.
On Sunday, Indonesia broke five other records in track and field. Muhajar, in the men’s T37 class in the 200-meter race, ran in 26.84 seconds to break the previous 27.94-second record set by Huw Thinh Nguyen of Vietnam in 2005.
In the men’s T42 class 200 meter race, Mulyono ran in 29.53 seconds to smash the 34.96 second record set by Kyaw Khaing of Myanmar in 2005.
Martin Losu, another men’s T46 200-meter runner, was fastest, winning gold in a time of 23.05 seconds, breaking the 23.78 second record set by Winai Sangwang Chang of Thailand in 2003. Discus throwers in the men’s and women’s F46 classes, respectively, Priyono and Putu Kristyani also broke records set by Myint Zaw of Myanmar and Khamsuk Surang of Thailand in 2005.
The host team’s record-breaking run continued in the swimming pool. Some of the record breakers in the pool were Musa Karubaba in the men’s 50m butterfly style (S10 class), Agus Ngaimim in the men’s 100m freestyle ( S6 ), Gusmalayanti in the women’s 100m freestyle ( S7 ) and Max Tamaro in the men’s 50m butterfly style ( S13 ).
As of Sunday evening, Thailand led the table tally with 87 gold, 68 silver and 52 bronze medals, while Indonesia was in second with 74 gold, 76 silver and 67 bronze medals. Malaysia was in third with 38 golds, followed by Vietnam with 31 golds and the Philippines with 17 gold medals.