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Jakarta Post

RI’s track and field sees slim chance but up to Asian Games task

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  01:37 am

Indonesia has to concede to the fact that its performance levels are lagging behind other traditional powerhouses as it stands at fifth place in the track and field tournament during the ongoing Asian Games Invitational.

The host added just one gold to its medal tally from track and field on Tuesday, after youngster Idan Fauzan Richsan won the men’s pole vault after beating fellow Indonesian athletes Teuku Tegar Abadi, 19, and Dedi Irawan, 19.

Eighteen-year-old Idan racked up a best of 4.90 meters at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sport complex’s athletics arena and failed three times at 5.10-m.

“As well as for the Asian games, we have prepared Idhan to compete at international tournaments. It might be too far-fetched to expect gold medals at the upcoming Asian Games, but I hope he can improve his personal best. Hopefully he can jump 5.40-m,” Indonesia’s pole ...