The Jakarta Post
A group of Indonesian students brought home two gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes at the recent "Second Korea Open Memory Championship", which was held in Seoul, South Korea.
Held on Aug. 25 and 26, the event also included students from South Korea, Mongolia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Libya and Moldova, with the team of Indonesian students nabbing second place, as reported by kompas.com.
Held at the Global Convention Plaza Main Auditorium in Seoul National University, the event had 10 competitions on memorization skills, ranging from five-minute to 15-minute categories on remembering various things, such as numbers, cards, as well as pairing faces and names, years and events.
The Indonesian team participated under the guidance of the Indonesia Memory Sport Council and was led by international grandmaster of memory Yudi Lesmana.
The biggest winner was Yogyakarta Kesatuan Bangsa junior high school (SMP) student Shafa Annisa, who took home one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Farah Afifah Pulungan (SMAN 1 Depok) won one gold in the competition, while Amira Tsurayya Muniruzaman (SMA Pesantren Al Bayan, Sukabumi) won one silver and Zara Tabina (SMPIT Aulady, BSD South Tangerang) won a bronze medal.
Among the outstanding achievements include gold-medal winner Shafa, who memorized 100 random numbers that she recited within 100 seconds. Meanwhile, fellow gold medalist Farah was able to remember 47 faces and names in random order within the five-minute time allotted.
Silver-medal winner Amira was able to remember 77 words in order within five minutes, while bronze-medal winner Zara memorized 198 images in random order within five minutes.
"This is a remarkable achievement for our students, who proved that their memory is extraordinary," Ari Santoso, the Education and Culture Ministry's head of Communications and Public Relations Bureau, said recently in congratulating the participants. (liz/kes)