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Jakarta Post


Wed, August 29, 2018   /   02:30 pm
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    Masterclass: South Korea taekwondoin Lee Dae-hoon shakes hands with Iran’s Amir mohammad Bakhshikalhori after winning a gold medal in the men’s 68 kilogram taekwondo final in Jakarta. JP/PJ Leo

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    Happy dance: Edidiong Odiong of Bahrains shows her happiness after winnging gold in the women's 100 meters. JP/PJ Leo

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    Sweet victory: The Iran women's kabaddi team celebrates its win. The sport, which originated on the Indian sub-continent, is sort of a cross between wrestling, rugby and the playground game of tag. JP/PJ Leo

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    Victorious: Indonesia Karateka Rifki Ardiansyah Arrosyid reacts after winning the men's 60 kilogram kumite final against Mahdi Zadeh Amir from Iran in Jakarta. JP/ Seto Wardhana

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    Pride of the nation: Indonesia martial artist Hendy (Left) and his partner Yola Primadona Jampil cry tears of joy after winning gold in the pencak silat men's doubles final. JP/PJ Leo

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    Trough the pain: Indonesia shuttler Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (left) lies on the court after succumbing to an injury during the men's team badminton final against Shi Yuqi from China at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Central Jakarta last Wednesday. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    Elation: South Korea fencer Choi Soo-Yeon screams during the women's saber team semifinal match between South Korea and Japan at the 2018 Asian Games. South Korea won 45-25. JP/Seto Wardhana

The goal of every athlete is to win.

There is no better feeling in the world for athletes than the validation that they are the best in what they do among their peers. The crème de la crème.

Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, are now hosting the 2018 Asian Games, in which Asia’s top athletes compete against each other to become the best.

What does it mean for these athletes to win in the Asian Games? Winning can mean getting a gold medal. Or silver. Or bronze.

Winning can mean successfully qualifying for the final even if you do not get any medals.

Winning can mean raising personal rankings. Winning can mean continuing to compete despite injury until it is no longer possible.

Winning not only means defeating your opponent but mainly defeating yourself.


--- All picture are taken with Canon cameras