Jakarta, MINA – Indonesia’s table tennis athletes have won four gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games, surpassing their initial target of two gold medals.
According to asianparagames2018.id, Indonesia claimed three gold medals in table tennis on Wednesday, a day after David Jacobs took the country’s first gold in the TT10 men’s singles event.
The three gold medals were all won in the doubles category, namely David Jacobs / Komet Akbar in the men’s doubles TT10 event; Mohamad Rian Prahasta / Suwarti in the mixed doubles class 6-8 event; and Agus Sutanto / Tatok Hardiyanto in the men’s doubles TT 4-5 event.
“This achievement exceeds our target. We aimed at winning two gold medals, but it turns out we could achieve four,” said Bayu Widhie Hapsara, Indonesia table tennis head coach.
Bayu hoped that his team could maintain its performance and play well in the 2019 ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines.
Indonesia table tennis athletes will also take part in the qualifications for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
“The athletes have good physical condition and techniques. But they must not stop practicing upon returning to their hometowns, “Bayu said.
There is still a chance for Indonesia to grab more gold medals from three events in the team category, namely the men’s class 8 event, the men’s T11 event and the women’s T11 event. The three events’ matches will take place on Thursday.(T/R04/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)