Asian Games: Indonesia sweeps pencak silat gold medals
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
The Jakarta Post
Host Indonesia produced a clean sweep in the pencak silat event on Monday, winning all eight gold medals at stake in the traditional martial arts.
Sarah Monita, Abdul Malik and Iqbal Pratama beat their opponents in their respective final bouts to follow in the footsteps of their compatriots who began Indonesia’s gold medal haul earlier in the day.
Monita overcame Nong Oy Vongphakdy of Laos in the women’s Class C (55 kilograms-60 kg) match 5-0, followed by Malik who also scored a unanimous decision win over Malaysia’s Muhammad Faizul M Nasir in the men’s Class B (50 kg-55 kg) duel.
In the earlier contest, Iqbal labored to down Nguyen Ngoc Toan of Vietnam 4-1 for the men’s Class D (60kg-65kg) gold medal.
The pencak silat laurels have brought Indonesia’s medals tally to 20 golds, not only surpassing the national team’s original target of winning 16 golds but also placing the host country fourth overall, at least for now.
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