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Indonesia falling short of gold medals

  • Dicky Christanto, Safrin La Batu and Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

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Kuala Lumpur   /   Mon, August 28, 2017   /  09:15 am
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Gold medalist: Christopher Benjamin Rungkat smiles as he holds the red-and-white flag after winning a gold medal during the men’s singles tennis final at Tun Razak Tennis Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday. Christopher won gold after defeating N. Jirat from Thailand 6-4, 6-4.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesian athletes secured nine gold medals over the weekend but the results have not pushed the country up the medal tally table. As of late Sunday, Indonesia remains in fifth position with 31 gold medals, 50 silvers and 58 bronzes. Host Malaysia leads the tally with 96 golds, 64 silvers and 63 bronzes, followed by Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. The gold medals for Indonesia were all won on Saturday, while on Sunday the contingent failed to add any golds. Judokas Mochammad Syaiful Raharjo and Ikhsan Apriyadi won gold medals in the men’s 66-kilogram and 73 kg categories, respectively, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC). Their senior, Horas Manurung, snatched a silver medal on Sunday in the 81 kg category. “I spent a night watching a recording of my opponent [Malaysia’s Wei Fu Chong]. I studied his moves and looked for his weaknesses,”...