Asian Games: Youngest skateboarder Aliqqa considers Asiad as stepping stone
Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
Indonesian skateboarder and youngest Asian Games participant Aliqqa Novvery learned the best way to pick herself up after failing Wednesday's competition. She acknowledged that she had missed her medal target but was OK with it as she realized she would need to train harder to have a brighter future as an athlete.
The 9-year-old skateboarder, who competed in the women’s street discipline, ranked sixth out of eight finalists after obtaining 13.3 points. The Philippines’ Margielyn Didal, number eight in the SLS World Tour this year, won the gold medal with 30.4 points. Japanese Kaya Isa tailed in second position with 25 points.
Meanwhile, another Indonesian skateboarder, Bunga Nyimas, won the bronze after scoring 19.8 points.
Aliqqa, who had no prior international experience, fell off of her board in the first two runs as she attempted to perform a trick, leading to a lower score. She admitted to being nervous in her debut, especially with family and friends present.
“Of course I missed my target, but I am happy with what I have done today,” Aliqqa told journalists after the competition.
“I want [to participate in] other international competitions,” she added.
Earlier, her father, Novvery Prasetyo Hadri, told The Jakarta Post that they did not burden her daughter with the pressure of having to win a medal because they wanted her to relax, and reminded that her journey is still long ahead.
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