Asian Games: Two Indonesian skateboarders secure ticket to final
Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
Two Indonesian skateboarders have made their way into the final round of the 2018 Asian Games men’s park competition after strong performances in the preliminary round on Tuesday at the Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Jason Dennis Lijn Zaat and Pevi Permana Putra both qualified for the final round on Wednesday along with six other skateboarders from different countries. Jason’s 73 points earned him second position while Pevi’s 66.66 points saw him finish in third place.
Japan’s Kensuke Sasaoka, the champion of the VPS Asian Championship last year, finished in first place with 83.66 points, thanks to his remarkable ollie tricks, including the famous “Madonna to tail”, which earned him cheers from spectators.
“I had fun in the first run today. I haven’t shown all my tricks. I’m keeping them for the final,” said 14-year-old Jason, adding that he only performed around eight different tricks in the preliminary round and that he still had around six more to showoff during the final on Wednesday.
The preliminary round was contested by 10 skateboarders from six countries, with only eight boarders making it through to the final round. Malaysia’s Ian Nuriman Amri and Thailand’s Pakorn Panutai were disqualified in the first round.
Two skateboarding disciplines are featured at the Asian Games; park, which features a hollowed-out course resembling large dishes, and street, which features stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls and slopes.
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