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Jakarta Post

SEA Games: Ridjkie Mulia, the hidden gem of Indonesian water polo

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Manila, Philippines   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  08:54 am
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Indonesia's Ridjkie Mulia (left) prepares to throw in a water polo match against Malaysia during the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Tarlac, Philippines, on Friday. Indonesia won 14-7. (Antara/Humaira)

Despite his calm demeanor, even when he scores during a match, the ace of Indonesian water polo, Ridjkie Mulia, could not hold back happy tears as soon as he learned his team had earned its first-ever Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medal. Ridjkie and the rest of the Indonesian team witnessed the needed draw match between Singapore and the Philippines at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Philippines on Friday evening. The 6-6 draw by two competitors sent Indonesia to the top of the table and allowed the team to present the first gold medal for the contingent at the biennial event. Ridjkie, who has played for the national team since 2011, was in disbelief at the first-ever gold medal for Indonesian water polo at the SEA Games, which also put an end to Singapore’s dominance in the sport. The Lions had previously won 27 consecutive gold medals since 1...