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Track and field athletes train in Jakarta following tornado

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru
    Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 25, 2019   /   10:10 pm
Track and field athletes train in Jakarta following tornado Workers examine a fallen tree near the running track facility at Pengalengan in West Java on Sunday. The athletes are continuing their training in Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of PASI)

A group of track and field athletes, who previously trained in Pengalengan, West Java, will have to continue their training in Jakarta as a tornado has damaged the roof of their athlete’s dormitory. The same wind also tore down trees located near the running track.

As a consequence, these athletes are now training under the scorching sun of Jakarta, where temperatures have ranged from 34 to 37 degrees Celsius in the last few days. The athletes are now staying at the Hotel Atlet Century Park and a dormitory owned by the Indonesia Track and Field Association.

“Of course it has presented the athletes with greater challenges. Pengalengan is an elevated area, an ideal place to train, especially for long-distance runners. But we’ll get on with it,” coach Alex Retraubun told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The association secretary-general Tigor Tanjung also acknowledged that there was a huge difference between the two locations. However, he added, the association had decided not to move the athletes back to their Pengalengan dormitory as the 2019 Manila SEA Games are coming up soon.

“Usually, they would end up training here as part of the preparations. We can also monitor them better here,” he said.

Among the affected runners are women marathoner Triyaningsih and Odekta Naibaho, who ran the 5,000 meters at the 2018 Asian Games, which were held jointly in Jakarta and Palembang.