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Asian Games: Give me chance to jump even further: Maria Londa

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 28, 2018   /   09:05 am
Asian Games: Give me chance to jump even further: Maria Londa Indonesia’s Maria Natalia Londa competes in women’s long jump at 2018 Asian Games in Gelora Bung Karno main stadium, Jakarta on Monday. (INASGOC/Jessica Margaretha)

Long jump gold medalist at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Maria Natalia Londa failed to retain her title on Monday at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

The 27-year-old Indonesian finished fifth in the women's long-jump competition, recording 6.45 meters on her fifth attempt of six.

The winner of Monday's women's long-jump competition went to Vietnam's Bui Thi Thu Thao, who launched herself 6.55 meters on her first attempt. 

"This is the best I could give to Indonesia today. Fifth place is far from what I expected. [...] Thank you for your prayers for me, and I am really sorry that I could not get a medal for Indonesia today," she said. 

Maria said Monday's competition was actually not that hard. 

"The winner today [from Vietnam] recorded 6.55 meters, it was far lower than my personal best," Maria said, referring to the 6.70 meters she recorded at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. 

The Bali-born athlete suffered from a left tendon injury at the 2015 Singapore Games, but she said that was not the reason she failed to win a medal on Monday. 

"My injury has all healed up. I hope God gives me health, and Indonesia gives me another chance to jump even further," she added.