APG: Indonesian para-swimming team emerges as general champion

The Indonesian para-swimming team emerged as the general champion at the 2022 ASEAN Para Games (APG), with a total medal tally of 87, comprising 29 golds, 31 silvers, and 27 bronzes.

"This is certainly a huge relief for all the teams as well because the target has been achieved," para-swimming coach coordinator, Dimin, said at Jatidiri Stadium in Semarang on Friday.

In fact, the para-swimming team has exceeded the target for gold medals, which was set at 27.

In addition to Solo city, APG competitions, specifically for para-swimming sports, were also held at Jatidiri Stadium in Semarang city.

So far, the daily target set by Dimin has only been missed once, that is, on the first day of matches on Monday (August 1, 2022). Out of the target of 10 gold medals, only 7 gold medals were achieved that day, he noted.

Thereafter, the para-swimming athletes achieved the gold medal target by winning three gold medals on the second day (August 2), six golds on the third day (August 3), and five golds on the fourth day (August 4).

On Friday, the medal target was exceeded, with the team securing eight golds instead of seven.

Furthermore, three athletes bagged five gold medals in each match they participated in: Jendi Pangabean, Maulana Rifky Yavianda, and Zaki Zulkarnain.

Overall, they have collected 15 gold medals, or almost half of the Indonesian para-swimming team's gold haul.

Dimin informed that after the APG, the team is planning to compete in the 2023 ASEAN Para Games in Cambodia and the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, which are likely to be held in 2023.

"So, next year there will be two events, APG 2023 in Cambodia and the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou. The Asian Para Games might be postponed to next year," he said.

Source: Antara News