The Jakarta Post
Amid the devastating news about an earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi, Rania Azzahra Rudy, a student of the province’s SMP 1 Tolitoli state junior high school, managed to maintain her composure and eventually won two medals at the Asia Open Memory Championship in Singapore on Sept. 29 and 30.
According to the Indonesia Memory Sports Council’s (IMSC) statement made available for The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, 10 out of 16 team members from Indonesia achieved 12 gold, 13 silver and nine bronze medals in the prestigious championship. Rania contributed a silver and a bronze by memorizing 1,590 binary numbers in 30 minutes and 760 random numbers in 30 minutes.
The team’s chef de mission Yudi Lesmana, who is also the IMSC chairman, said Rania was currently in Jakarta after returning from Singapore. She could not fly to her home yet.
Rania’s mother, who accompanied her to the championship, however, had gone to Tolitoli via Makassar, South Sulawesi.
“[Rania] managed to pull herself together [after hearing the news] as she knew that all of her close relatives survived the disaster,” Yudi said, adding that Rania received the news on Friday afternoon right before flying to Singapore. (swd)