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Jakarta Post

Donny fights to win bronze, Dedeh out

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 26 2010   /  12:02 pm

Karateka Donny Dharmawan blamed his bronze finish in the men’s 60-kilogram kumite (fight) on not warming up, as 11 other Indonesians competing on Thursday failed to win medals.

Donny enjoyed a bye in the first round and advanced directly to round eight, where he met Bashar Al Najjar of Jordan. The 26-year-old was stopped by Al Najjar 5-7 at Guangdong Gymnasium.

In a repechage round, Donny cast out three karatekas before winning his first Asian Games bronze.

“I was not warmed up before going onto the [court] while he was quite lucky. He had had a good warm-up in his previous match with the Hong Kong player”, said the bank employee.

Donny, the 2006 World Championship bronze medallist, dispatched Cheung Kwan Lok of Hong Kong in the first repechage round 4-3, banished Dong Mingming of China 7-2 before finally beating off Ulugbek Mukhsimov of Uzbekistan 5-2....