Asian Games: Indonesia plays first Kurash match, wins two
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
The Jakarta Post
The six members of the Indonesian team in kurash - a type of wrestling originating Uzbekistan - began their competition on Tuesday at the 2018 Asian Games in the Jakarta Convention Center.
Billy Sugara, a 24-year-old wrestler who competed in the men's +90 kilogram category, got an easy win 10-0 and immediately reached the round of 16 after his opponent Zunair bin Zahir did not show up in the ring.
Compatriot Susanti Terry Kusumawardani, who fought in the women's -52 kg class, defeated Ngoc Ngan Nguyen of Vietnam 5-0.
Terry - who won the 2011 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games silver medal in the women's 44 kg judo - was a more experienced athlete.
“I was just playing loose, not minding the medal target and it proved to be useful for me,” she said briefly after the match.
The other Indonesian wrestlers were halted in their first round matches by their opponents.
Aprilianda Adi Timur, competing in the men's -66 kg class, went out 0-10 to Uzbekistan’s Maruf Gaybulloev, the gold medallist in the 2015 World Championships in Iran.
A perfect score of 10 is given whenever a fighter throws his or her opponent to the ground and lands perfectly on his or her back. The umpire will them immediately stop the match.
Hendi Hadiat, also competing in the men's -66 kg class, lost to 17-year-old Mohammed Salem of Yemen, also 10-0.
Competing in the women's -52 kg class, Heka Maya Sembiring went out to Uzbekistan’s Gulnor Sulaymanova 10-0.
In the men's +90 kg class, 28-year-old Frangkling Kakalang lost in a perfect score to Lee Poyen of China Taipei.
"As a team, we did not set any medal target at the Asiad. We just started training two years ago. But I hope kurash will be more popular in Indonesia after we play it here,” Billy told The Jakarta Post after the match. (yan)
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