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Indonesia emerges the overall champion at ASEAN Para Games

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 24, 2017   /   04:30 pm
Indonesia emerges the overall champion at ASEAN Para Games Indonesia's Nan Mei Sholihah (left) competes in the women's 100-meter track and field event at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. Nanda won the gold medal. (Antara/Rafiuddin Abdul Rahman)

Indonesian para-athletes that competed at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games arrived home on Sunday having bagged 126 gold medals, 75 silver and 50 bronze to secure the overall champion title.

“I had been certain since day one [in Kuala Lumpur] that we would finish as the champion,” Indonesian Paralympic Committee president Senny Marbun said in a statement.

“The keys to our victory were the knowledge of our opponents’ strengths and weaknesses as well as the full support that we received from the Youth and Sports Ministry,” he added.

The ninth Para Games was held in Malaysia, from Sept. 17 to Saturday.

Indonesia, which finished second with 81 golds in the 2015 edition in Singapore, performed laudably throughout the biennial event and even surpassed its initial 107-gold target.

In Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia overpowered the host team, which was runner-up with 90 golds, 85 silvers and 50 bronze. Favorite Thailand finished third with 68 golds.