The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian under-23 women’s rafting team has won the 2019 World Rafting Championship on the Tully River in Queensland, Australia, outclassing other teams from countries like host Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Japan.
In the eight-day event that was held from May 13 to 20, the Indonesian U-23 women’s team scored 943 points overall from four categories, namely sprint, head-to-head, slalom and downriver.
The team ensured the victory after finishing third in the downriver category on May 19. Previously, the team won in the slalom and head-to-head, and finished as runner up in the sprint category.
Team coach Aceng said he was proud of his protégés’ achievements saying that the result had exceeded their target.
“Our target was actually just to win one gold and finish in the top three, improving our previous U-23 achievement,” he said in a statement.
“In the previous world championship, this team competed in the U-19 class, and they just recently competed at the new level. [This exceeded our expectations] especially when we look at their statures, they are quite small compared with their opponents.”
Aside from the women’s team, the country’s men’s U-19s finished runners up, trailing Australia in overall score. The squad finished ahead of its strongest rival the Czech Republic, which finished third.
Indonesian Rafting Federation (FAJI) head Amalia Yunita praised the team for the achievement, which was made in rainy conditions and chilly weather. A total of 19 countries took part in the event. (rdi)