Asian Games: Indonesian wushu athletes fail to add medals from taolu
The Jakarta Post
On the last day of the wushu’s taolu competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta International Expo, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, Indonesian athletes Bobie Valentinus Gunawan and Felda Elvira Santoso fell short from their rivals.
Competing at the men’s taijiquan and taijijian all-round competition, Bobie finished at the seventh position with a total score 19.29.
The 22-year-old Bobie actually performed well on Tuesday as he stood third on the leaderboard with 9.69 in his taijiquan performance. But he only scored 9.60 in his taijijian performance.
Commenting on his performance, Bobie said he was quite hasty in executing his movements, adding that he could have done better. Chen Zhouli of China, Japan’s Tomohiro Araya and Myanmar’s Ko Ko Nyein Chan stood in the top three in the competition.
Meanwhile, 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist Felda was unable to cope with the pressure in her changquan performance. Playing as the last country’s representative in the taolu category, Felda scored 9.45, which gave her sixth position.
“This is my first [major] competition. I was nervous, I was not calm. I also felt like my stamina was not as strong as the first day, when I arrived after the training camp,” she said.
In the discipline, Qi Xinyi of China secured another gold for her country with 9.74, followed by Macau’s Li Yi and Vietnam’s Thi Phuong Giang Hoang.
Indonesia has so far collected a gold medal, a silver and a bronze from the taolu category.
The national squad still has a chance to add to its medal collection from the sanda category as it has two representatives, Yusuf Widiyanto and Puja Riyaya, who will compete in the men’s 56-kilogram and 70 kg semifinal on Wednesday's night.
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