As of Monday (27/08), Indonesia has passed the gold medal target at the 2018 Asian Games, which is 22 gold. In total, Indonesia has won 64 medals, exceeding the highest achievement in 1962, with 51 medals.
However, this medal was not the only thing that made the audience talk. The Asian Games also raised the names of a number of Indonesian athletes to the stage of popularity, because of the various conditions, achievements and actions they performed. Mouab Indonesia summarizes five of them.
The Ex-scavenger Twins
“Life is hard.. Brother.. But don’t give up easily with the situation. Allah will not change if we do not change ourselves.”
This post on the Instagram account, @lenitwins, has almost 3,000 likes. The account owner, Leni and her twin sister, Lena are Indonesian sepak takraw athletes who participated in the 2018 Asian Games.
The photo that accompanies the writing on the Instagram upload is also a picture of the struggle of their lives.
Before becoming takraw athletes, Lena and Leni, who grew up in a lower-middle-income family, had to struggle day by day in order to ‘survive’.
Starting from being a dishwasher, washing clothes, to scavenging, they do it.
In fact, being a takraw athlete was chosen so that they could continue to go to school.
“Because at school (high school), if you become a takraw athlete, the school is free,” said Lena in an interview uploaded by the official channel of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, on Youtube.
Many netizens also gave praise.
For example, the owner of the Twitter account @sayasinners who tweeted, “From zero to hero. Proud!”.
Throughout their careers which began in 2006, both of them have won various achievements, from donating 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, to a silver medal at the 2017 Sea Games.
Thanks to this achievement, Lena and Leni have even sent their parents to go on pilgrimage.
Even so, until this news was revealed, they had not donated a medal at the 2018 Asian Games.
Iqbal Candra Pratama and Sarah Tria Monita are two athletes who were part of the Indonesian pencak silat team which swept 8 gold at the 2018 Asian Games, Monday (27/08).
However, maybe not many know that the two are husband and wife. They even just got married on March 23, 2018.
Her husband, Iqbal, won gold in class D (60-65kg) after defeating the Vietnamese fighter, Ngoc Toan Nguyen with a score of 1-4.
The 22 -year -old man has been into pencak silat since he was 10 years old.
Meanwhile, his wife, Sarah, won gold in class C (55-60kg) after defeating Laos athlete Nong Oy Vongphakdy with a landslide score of 5-0.
Sarah, who is now 22 years old, started to seriously pursue pencak silat since 8 years ago.
To reporters in Jakarta, Iqbal and Sarah shared that they encouraged each other ahead of the final.
“Last night, as soon as you knew you were playing tomorrow, talking about tomorrow, focus on fighting together, fighting together, if you can, you have to win gold for Indonesia,” said Iqbal, Monday, (27/08).
With this gold achievement, according to the promise of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the two will bring home a total of IDR 3 billion, in addition to various other prizes.
Richest and Win Medals
At 78 years old, Michael Bambang Hartono is the oldest athlete to compete in the 2018 Asian Games.
He defended Indonesia in the sport of bridge and has donated a bronze medal.
The man who was born in Kudus, Central Java, who has been fond of playing bridge since he was 6 years old, is also one of the richest people in Indonesia.
According to Forbes records in March 2018, his total coffers reached $ 16.7 billion or around Rp. 225 trillion.
Not only that, Bambang, who is the owner of the Djarum cigarette company and has an investment in Bank BCA, ranks as the 75th richest person in the world.
A social media user with the @gilangdwinata account using his Twitter account joked, when he got a medal prize of IDR 500 million, Bambang would reply, “Oh, don’t bother, I’m in a hurry, guests are waiting for me. Just hold on to it (the money) first.”
The government has promised various prizes for medal-winning athletes at the 2018 Asian Games.
Yosi, the owner of the Twitter account @freenandyka also jokingly wrote, “Finally, after decades, Bambang Hartono has been accepted as a civil servant. Human destiny is unpredictable. Safe.”
Parachute Folding Achievers
Thursday (23/08) could be one of the happiest days in Jafro Megawanto’s life. He won a gold medal in paragliding, the men’s singles accuracy number.
However, before he was full of achievements, 9 years ago, when Jafro was still 13 years old, he turned out to be a parachute folder. His salary at that time was only Rp. 5,000.
His desire to become an athlete was also constrained by the cost of training.
However, all his hard work paid off when at the 2016 National Sports Week (PON) in East Java, Jafro donated a gold medal for East Java.
His achievements were then started worldwide. In 2017, Jafro was ranked second in the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) Paragliding in Canada.
Entering 2018, his achievements are even more classy.
In addition to winning the Accuracy Paragliding World Cup (PGAWC) in Kazakhstan, he is also ranked fifth in the world, the list of paragliding athletes with the number of men’s singles landing accuracy.
However, it seems that there is no Indonesian athlete who can make netizens roar with comments in the mass line, more than badminton player Jonatan Christie, or who is familiarly called Jojo.
After defeating the Japanese badminton player, Kenta Nishimoto, in three sets in the semi-finals, Monday (27/08), Jojo celebrated his victory by taking off his shirt.
Netizens were also busy commenting on the action using the hashtags #AyoJojo or #Jojobisa.
The owner of the Twitter account @nur_halizaa tweeted, “I still have a beautiful image in my mind when Jojo can mop in the field, then take off his clothes on the field and show his super duper body ADUHHHHH then throw clothes at the audience ARGH my mind is still ringing with you, jo…”
Meanwhile, in a joking tone, a netizen named Susi used her account, @susijacinda22 wrote, “Luckily Jojo is no longer scraped, can’t you imagine how cool it would be if there were stripes like that??”
“Fortunately, Jojo was just celebrating when he opened his clothes, if you open a shop it can be complicated,” tweeted M. Nugroho T.
The achievements of Jojo, who is still 20 years old, have made a number of netizens wonder about his own achievements.
“See athletes who have achieved that age, am I? So I want to go back to being small again so I can rebuild my life. So sad,” wrote the account owner @lovethemall99.
Entering the final round, Jonatan Christie will fight against Taiwanese badminton player, Chou Tienchen, Tuesday (28/08) afternoon.
Tienchen is an athlete who previously defeated Indonesian athlete Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
The owner of the @irvankhatami_ account also wrote, “I hope tonight before closing my eyes to sleep, Bsk Jojo can successfully win the gold medal and make the anthem Indonesia Raya reverberate in Istora, and make the Indonesian flag on the top of the pole. Amen.” (RH)