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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Indonesia's Srunita eliminated in kumite quarterfinals

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 27, 2018   /   06:24 pm
Asian Games: Indonesia's Srunita eliminated in kumite quarterfinals Mascot for 2018 Asian Games Karate (Courtesy of /Inasgoc)

Karateka Srunita Sari Sukatendel, Indonesia’s favorite to win the women's under 50-kilogram kumite, was eliminated in the quarterfinal round after dramatically losing 1-3 to Miho Miyahara of Japan. 

Srunita, ranked ninth in the world, was able to launch a punch 35 seconds before the match ended, taking advantage of Miyahara's attempt to attack her and finding a hole in her opponent’s defense. 

The lead triggered a cheer from Indonesian supporters at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Miyahara, ranked number one in the world in her category, became more aggressive in the remainder of the game and launched multiple attempts to hit her Indonesian opponent. 

She eventually broke through Srunita's defense and landed a kick in the last second to earn three points. 

Indonesia has collected one gold and three bronze medals from karate in the 2018 Asian Games so far, while Japan has been dominating the sport with three gold medals, closely followed by Iran with two gold medals. (yan)