Indonesians cheered for three female athletes after they won the country’s first three gold medals in the Asian Games 2018, reports Asiangames2018.id.
Defia Rosmaniar won Indonesia’s first gold in the Poomsae category in taekwondo.Defia said she was proud and expressed disbelief she could defeat South Korean Yun Ji-hye, who she perceived as her strongest opponent.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attended Defia’s match when she defeated Yun in the semifinals and later on in the final match when she eventually won the gold medal at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Plenary Hall in Jakarta on Sunday.
President Jokowi personally placed the gold medal around Defia’s neck.
Lindswell Kwok won Indonesia’s second gold in women’s Taijiquan-Taijijian in wushu.
“I dedicate this gold medal to all my fellow Indonesians,” Lindswell said after her match at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) Kemayoran in Jakarta on Monday.
Lindswell successfully defeated Hong Kong, China wushu athlete Uen Ying Juanita Mok, considered her strongest opponent.Indonesia’s third gold was also won by a female athlete: Tiara Andini Prastika in women’s downhill in mountain biking.
Tiara became the fastest in the women’s downhill race held in Khe Bun in Subang regency, West Java, on Monday, with a record time of 2 minutes and 33.056 seconds.
Tiara was 9 seconds ahead of the silver and bronze winners.