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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Pencak silat a gold mine for Indonesia

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 27, 2018   /   02:36 pm
Asian Games: Pencak silat a gold mine for Indonesia Yolla Primadona Jampil (L) and Hendy of Indonesia perform during men's double final of Asian Games 2018 test event in Jakarta on February 14, 2018. (JP/PJ Leo)

Pencak silat is proving to be Indonesia’s gold mine at the 18th Asian Games. The host team has won its third gold medal out of eight on offer on Monday after its trio of Nunu Nugraha, Asep Wildan and Anggi Faisol Mubarak dominated the men’s team final.

The three fighters scored 465 points to finish first in the field of seven teams who qualified for the final. Vietnam won the silver with a score of 450 points, with Thailand scoring 448 for the bronze.

Thanks to their victory, Nunu and company helped Indonesia keep pressures on Iran in the provisional standings overall with 15 gold medals each. Iran is still fourth due to its superior silver-medal collection  over the host.

Pencak silat, an Indonesian martial art, offers a total of 16 gold medals in its Asian Games debut as a medal event.