ASEAN Para Games: Indonesian archers surpass gold target

ASEAN Para Games: Indonesian archers surpass gold target

Indonesian archer Wahyu Retno Wulandari takes aim during the women's individual recurve bronze match at the ASEAN Para Games at Kota Barat Field in Solo, Central Java, on Wednesday (August 3, 2022). ANTARA PHOTO/Mohammad Ayudha/tom

Solo, Central Java (ANTARA) - The Indonesian para archery contingent topped its gold medal target thanks to the brilliant performance of athletes in the final round of the afternoon session at the ASEAN Para Games (APG) 2022 on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, Indonesian archers have collected three golds, two silvers, and two bronzes at the 11th APG.

Head coach of the national para archery team, Tri Sugeng Purwanto, said the Indonesian athletes played with confidence.

"They trained for a long time, but there was no game, so it seemed like an 'outburst' today. Tomorrow, there is still one more (match); hopefully, (they can get gold). It's probably fifty-fifty, but this is already an incredible achievement," Purwanto remarked.

In Wednesday's final round at the Kota Barat Field in Solo, Mahda Aulia and Wahyu Retno Wulandari clinched the gold medal after defeating Thai pair Phattharaphon Pattawaeo and Tpat Chatyotsakorn in the recurve women's open doubles, with a score of 34–32, 32–25, and 27–19.

Further, Setiawan and Kholidin bagged gold in the recurve men's open doubles after defeating Thai pair Hanreuchai Netsiri and Pornchai Phimthong by 33–33, 37–30, and 36–33.

Earlier, in the first session of the match, Setiawan had managed to claim the first gold medal in the recurve men's single.

Kholidin said that he was elated at winning gold considering that the opponents they faced were quite tough.

"Because Thai players have participated in several Paralympics events, (they have) become world-class. We have just met Thailand (athletes) this time; actually, (we are not) comparable but we believe Indonesia can do it," he remarked.

He said that on Thursday (August 4, 2022), he will compete again in the final, as there are three more bronze matches left.

Encouraged by the results, he is also targeting to compete in the Asian Para Games and Paralympics in the future.

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