Asian Games: Indonesia not targeting medals in first triathlon appearance
The Jakarta Post
As a newcomer to the triathlon, Indonesia has not set its sights on winning a medal in the sport, which will be held at the Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, South Sumatra, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.
Indonesia will be represented by M. Ahlul Firman and Amira Sayaka in the Olympic distance category, while Eva Desiana, Asita Aulia, Jauhari Johan and Andi Gumilang will compete in the mixed relay category.
M. Ahlul Firman won the under-23 world triathlon championship.
Jauhari, who is also captain of the team, said that Ahlul would also compete at the next SEA Games in Manila and that this year’s Asian Games was being treated as preparation.
“I expect him to learn as much as he can from this competition,” Jauhari said.
“This is the first time we’ve competed in the triathlon, so we don’t have any medal expectations. There will be 22 countries that send their athletes to compete in the Olympic distance event and another 18 countries in the mixed relay category,” he said.
He said Indonesia hoped to finish in the top ten in the Olympics distance category and fifth in the mixed relay category.
The triathlon made its first appearance at the Asian Games at the 2006 Doha Games.
Jauhari added that the powerhouses in the sport were Japan, China and South Korea. Top triathlon athletes like Jumpei Furuya and Nagiho Ishida of Japan will compete for the Asian Games gold.
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