Asian Games: Give me chance to jump even further: Maria Londa
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Long jump gold medalist at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Maria Natalia Londa failed to retain her title on Monday at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
The 27-year-old Indonesian finished fifth in the women's long-jump competition, recording 6.45 meters on her fifth attempt of six.
The winner of Monday's women's long-jump competition went to Vietnam's Bui Thi Thu Thao, who launched herself 6.55 meters on her first attempt.
"This is the best I could give to Indonesia today. Fifth place is far from what I expected. [...] Thank you for your prayers for me, and I am really sorry that I could not get a medal for Indonesia today," she said.
Maria said Monday's competition was actually not that hard.
"The winner today [from Vietnam] recorded 6.55 meters, it was far lower than my personal best," Maria said, referring to the 6.70 meters she recorded at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
The Bali-born athlete suffered from a left tendon injury at the 2015 Singapore Games, but she said that was not the reason she failed to win a medal on Monday.
"My injury has all healed up. I hope God gives me health, and Indonesia gives me another chance to jump even further," she added.
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