KOMPAS.com – Indonesia won its first medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after the country’s lifter Ni Nengah Widiasih bagged a silver medal in para powerlifting on Thursday, August 26 in Tokyo International Forum.
The athlete, who is popularly known as Widi, clinched a lift of 98 kilograms (kg) in the 41-kg class.
Antara news agency reported that the medal was not only the first medal for Indonesia at the event but also the nation’s first silver medal since the 1988 Seoul Paralympics.
She managed to lift 98 kg on her final attempt. Widi effortlessly secured the 96 kg lift at her first attempt but she was unable to complete the second attempt with a lift of 98 kg.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics women’s 41-kg class para powerlifting gold medal was earned by Chinese lifter Guo Lingling, who broke her own record to lift 109 kg, and Venezuelan lifter Clara Sarahy Munasterio who lifted 97 kg won a bronze medal.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics runs from August 24 to September 5. Indonesia has sent 14 male and nine female athletes to compete in seven sports disciplines, with the most for badminton and athletics, with seven athletes each, according to Antara news agency.
Furthermore, three representatives were contesting in table tennis, two in swimming, and two other representatives in shooting. In addition, one athlete each will be competing in cycling and powerlifting.
The Indonesian National Paralympic Committee has targeted the contingent to win a gold medal and rank in the top 60 in the final medal standing of the event.
(Writer: Farahdilla Puspa | Editor: Eris Eka Jaya)