Indonesia is in the fifth place of receiving medals in SEA Games 2017 after Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.
Here are four Indonesian athletes who achieved the most medals during the event:
1. Triady Fauzi Sidiq
The swimmer from West Java achieved gold on 200 meters of individual medley, 3 silvers on 50 meters of freestyle and 100 meters butterfly. For team, he also won silver on 4 x 100 meter relay. There are 6 medals that he received.
2. Rifda Irfanaluthfi
The athlete born on Oct. 16, 1999 achieved 5 medals during SEA Games 2017: including silver on vault, bronze on uneven bars, gold on balance beam, bronze on floor, and gold on Women’s Balance Beam.
3. Aflah Fadlan Prawira
The swimmer born on Nov. 13, 1997 achieved four medals from individual and group competitions. He won silver on 400 meter freestyle, bronze 1,500 meter freestyle, silver on 400 meter medley, and bronze on 10 KM open water.
4. I Gede Siman Sudartawa
The Balinese swimmer brings back home gold on 50 meter backstroke and silver 100 meter backstroke individually. Two other medals include silver on 4x100 meter medley relay and 4x100 meter freestyle relay.
Rifda Irfanaluthfi, born on October 16, 1999, is an Indonesian athlete who won gold on Women’s Balance Beam at SEA Games 2017.
She also brought back home four other medals: silver on vault, bronze on uneven bars, bronze on floor, as well as bronze on team all-around.
Let’s take a sneak peek at Rifda’s performance in SEA Games as shared on her Instagram account:
1. Vault, first jump (silver)
2. Vault, second jump (silver)
3. Uneven bars (bronze)
Indonesia was unstoppable when facing Malaysia in SEA Games 2017 Men Badminton Final held at Axiata Arena Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday.
Indonesia's men team gave their opponent little chance by comprehensively beating Malaysia's 3-0.
The team secured a gold medal after Ihsan Maulana Mustofa outclassed Lee Zii Jia 21-11 and 21-11.
As for the two previous points were given by Jonathan Christie also Alfian Fajar and Muhammad Rian Ardianto in men's double.
The gold is the first from badminton with Indonesia's women team could only seize bronze after defeated by the host team in the semi-final.
The victory gave the country the 17th gold in the event. Indonesia ranked fifth in medal tally below Thailand.
After Asian Football Confederation (AFC) named Persib Bandung as Asia's most popular football club, the association named Bambang Pamungkas an Asian football Icon.
On its official page, AFC did a throw back on Bambang's football life when he played for Indonesia and his clubs, beginning from successfully taking Persija to win the 2001 Indonesian League to his international career.
"Bambang Pamungkas has played more times and scored more goals for Indonesia than any other player, boasting a hugely impressive strike rate of almost one every two games," wrote AFC on why they chose the 37-old-player.
Bambang has performed the most, compared to other players, for the Indonesian National football team with 86 caps. Even after hanging up his boots in 2013, the Salatiga Football Academy graduate remains to be Indonesia's top scorer for collecting 38 goals.
"Many consider the striker to be the Garuda’s best-ever player and Pamungkas is viewed with such esteem in his homeland that he was chosen to be flag-bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, making him a worthy subject in this week’s edition of ‘Asian Icons’," wrote AFC.
Bambang has played for Persija Jakarta, EHC Norad (Netherlands), Selangor FA (Malaysia) and Pelita Bandung Raya through his entire career. Now, he has joined a series of world-class player who've been crowned as Asian Icons like Hidetoshi Nakata, Shinji Kagawa (Japan), Hao Haidong (China) and Sami Al Jaber (Saudi Arabia).
"A true legend for both club and country, and a true Asian icon," closed AFC.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on its official site, has named Persib Bandung Asia's most popular football club.
The club's popularity has been soaring high after the Bandung City-based club recruited top-class players Michael Essien and Carlton Cole, last March.
The benchmark used by the confederation is social media and with the number of follower that reaches 9.5 million people, Persib is considered famous among other AFC-based clubs like Muangthong United, Johor Darul Ta’zim or Sriwijaya FC.
A vote result released by The Top Tens, somehow also affirmed the club's reputation. Persib ranked number six on the world's most popular football club along with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
Persib, however, doesn't have much to boast in international stage as the club's best achievement was only to reach quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League in 1995.
Central Jakarta Government for the fifth time, in cooperation with Bank Jateng and Kompas, will hold the Borobudur Marathon, titled "Reborn Harmony". Held first in 1990, this year's competition will also promote Borobudur Temple as a world cultural heritage.
"The government supports sportourism. (The marathon) is held not just as a sport, but also (as a way to attract people) to enjoy the great tourist attractions. Borobudur temple is one of the seven wonders of the world," said Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi in Senayan.
Imam added that he also expect the event could be a part in success of the 'Ayo Olahraga' ('Let's do sports') National Movement.
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Unfortunately, this year's event is only limited for 10,0000 runners as the organizer insists to focus on providing services to participants, following the soaring number of runners taking part in the contest which led to a less enjoyable event last year.
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The marathon will be divided into three categories — 10 kilometers, 20 kilometers and 42 kilometers race — and will be held at Lumbini Park Complex, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java on November 19, 2017.
"We want to give satisfaction to the participants so they can race while sightseeing. Thus, convenience becomes something we think about," said Central Java Deputy Governor, Heru Sudjatmoko.
Borobudur Marathon is expected to have a positive impact and improvement for locals who live around the Borobudur Temple.
Watch the footage from last year's competition below!
Big fans of the Indonesian football league must be familiar with the club PSMS Medan, Persib or Persebaya that despite some internal and managerial conflicts, are still active in current national competitions and winning trophies.
Those teams are the more fortunate ones, compared to clubs on the list below. Their splendid reputation could not help the so-called "legendary" teams to exist in current competition. You might have heard some of the now-defunct teams, but here we have their stories for you.
1. Warna Agung
The club was one of toughest competitors at the Galatama Cup. It was founded by a tycoon Benny Mulyono in 1971. A series of famous players once played for this team, including Ronny Pattinasarani and Rully Nere. Some internal conflicts were said to be the cause of the team's decline.
2. Arseto Solo
The club existed until the end of 90's. Skillful players like Miro Baldo Bento and Agung Setyabudi once joined the team that won the 1991/1992 Indonesian League Competition. Arseto declared its dissolution in 1998, after the mass riots that year.
3. Niac Mitra
The three-time Galatama champion established by Alexander Wenas decided to announce its dissolution in 1991 because of the league rules that the club considered them 'unfavorable'. Niac Mitra is a precursor of the current Mitra Kukar.
4. Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian
Sjarnoebi Said established the club that once based in Palembang and Bekasi. Krama Yudha had won the 1985/1986 Galatama before financial crisis had to make the club sink in the early 90s.