Asian Games: Karate Delivers Gold; Indonesia Remains in Top 5
Indonesia added more gold to its medal tally on 2018 Asian Games after karateka Rifki Ardiansyah Arrosyid won the 11th gold medal on the mens kumite number 60 kilograms at the Plenary Hall, Jakarta Convention Center on Sunday (26/6).
Rifky, who serves in the Indonesian Military, showed his fighting spirit by beating his opponents, Amir Mahdi Zadeh of Iran, who mostly ranked higher than him with score of 9-7.
Earlier in the semi-final round, Rifki defeated Malaysian karateka, Selvam Prem Kumar, while Amir, won a victory over Uzbek karateka, Saymatov Sadridin.
Karate sport also pocketed 1 bronze medal on behalf of Cokorda Agung Sanistya Rani, who defeated her Chinese opponent Ding Jiamei with a score of 1-0.
For the record, karate has been included in the games since 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games. This is the third gold for the country’s karate squad throughout its participation in the Asiad. The first and second gold was gained in 1998 (Bangkok, Thailand) and 2002 (Busan, South Korea).
With the contribution of 1 gold and 1 bronze from the Karate sport, as of Sunday (26/8) evening, Indonesia so far has collected 12 gold, 13 silver and 25 bronze medals. (*/ICE) (STU/EP/Naster)