Indonesian track-and-field athlete Hendro has broken a Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) record, delivering another gold medal for Indonesia in the men’s 20-kilometer race walk.
He clocked in at 1:32:11 at the Kuala Lumpur Games, beating the previous record holder, Narinder Singh Narbans of Malaysia, who clocked in at 1:33:47 during the Bandar Seri Begawan Games in 1999.
“This victory is for my fellow Indonesians, who may have felt insulted by some incidents during the SEA Games,” Hendro said. He received medical assistance before giving statements to media after the race.
Hendro took an early lead in the race at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
He was met with competition from Malaysians Lo Choon Sieng and M. Khairil Harith, who respectively finished second and third.
Each of the three led at different points of the race.
Hendro previously won gold at the 2013 Myanmar Games and the 2015 Singapore Games. He earned a silver medal in 2011 when Indonesia hosted.