Indonesia wrapped up the beach pencak silat competition at the Asian Beach Games on a high note, sweeping all three gold medals at stake on the last day of competition Wednesday.
Balinese pesilat Ni Nyoman Suparniti barely broke a sweat as she outclassed Siti Zuliza Omar of Brunei Darussalam for a 5-0 win in their 55 to 60-kilogram division final to take Indonesia's gold medal tally to five in the sport.
"During the fight I learned that some of her techniques do not work.
Obviously she tried to tackle me several times but to no avail," Suparniti said after the match.was lucky she didn't win any point from that trick." Suparniti thanked hundreds of boisterous home spectators who packed the competition venue at Tanjung Benoa Beach, 30 kilometers south of Denpasar.
"Their constant cheers gave me a morale boost. When the official called out my name at the beginning of the match, I could hardly wait to fight." Suparniti defeated Emy Latip from Malaysia in the preliminary round before dousing Thai Monruthai Bangsalad's fire in the semifinals.
Earlier in the day, Ni Luh Putu Spyanawati and the pair of Hamdani and M. Yusuf Effendi presented Indonesia two gold medals in the women's artistic singles and men's artistic doubles competitions.
The jury awarded Spyanawati the highest score of 454, followed by Vietnamese Thao Vu Thi on 449 for the silver, and Norleyermah Haji Raya of Brunei Darussalam on 446 for the bronze.
The men's doubles team, Hamdani and Yusuf, collected 576 points to bag the artistic gold, followed by Tung Nguyen Thanh and Nghia Tran Duc of Vietnam and Mohamad Hafiz Mohamad Arif and Mohamad Helmi Aziz of Malaysia, with both teams scoring 562 points. The Vietnamese pair was granted the silver because they demonstrated a greater variety of techniques and expression of movement.
"We predicted that Komang would win the gold. But amazingly the rest of the team performed convincingly to win all the four gold medals on offer in the artistic category," head coach Indro Catur Haryono said referring to Suparniti.
Indro set a target of winning two gold medals in the non-combat discipline.
"Looking at the way they played, those competing in artistic category were better prepared for the Games than their teammates in the combat category,"Indro said.
Artistic coach Wayan Suwita also said Spyanawati, Hamdani and Yusuf won the favor because of the comprehension in their movements and the variety of their techniques.
"The jury unanimously awarded them with a high score. They beat their opponents by a margin of more than three. This means they dominated the competition," Suwita said.
"I think people would raise their eyebrows if the Indonesian artistic athletes didn't win today." Indonesia collected five out of the eight gold medals on offer in the beach pencak silat competition. Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand won one gold medal each.
The team exceeded the National Sports Committee's target of winning four gold medals.
Written by MATHEOS VIKTOR MESSAKH
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