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Jakarta Post

Sea Games: Practice makes perfect as Rifda pushed to reach new heights

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Manila   /   Fri, December 6 2019   /  02:22 am

Perfect score: Indonesian artistic gymnast Rifda Irfanaluthfi competes in women's vault at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila on Wednesday. Rifda won the gold medal. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)Scouting for a gymnast with the potential to shine on the world stage is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.Making this task ever more difficult, Indonesian gymnastics faces numerous other challenges.When a coach finds such a talent, they face the even harder challenge of developing the athlete.This the test gymnast-cum-coach Eva Butar Butar currently faces.Beyond dealing with the limited financial support for the national training camp, Eva must also psychologically support her protégé, 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold and silver medalist Rifda Irfanaluthfi.The talented Rifda has the world at her feet. As a human, however, she has had her ups and downs, and has had to bou...