The Jakarta Post
Indonesia secured its third gold medal in a swimming competition at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur as Gagarin Nathaniel Yus finished first in the men's 100-meter breaststroke on Friday.
He touched the wall at 1 minute and 1.76 seconds, leaving behind Filipino James Deiparine and Radomyos Matjiur of Thailand, who clocked in at 1:02:11 and 1:02:24, respectively.
"I am so relieved to have won the gold, particularly because I didn't feel well when I came here," Gagarin said after winning his first-ever gold at the biennial event.
"My parents, friends and relatives are here, and I could prove that their presence meant a lot to my win," he added.
Gagarin previously bagged a gold medal in the men’s 200-m breaststroke at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku in May. Since then, the swimmer had set his eyes on gold at the SEA Games.
The SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur mark his second participation at the biennial event, after he competed at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.