Indonesia won two medals on the first day of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, with Ivana Ardelia Irmanto’s silver in the wushu competition and Jadi Setiadi’s bronze in weightlifting on Saturday.
Ivana won silver in the women’s nanquan/nandao all-round wushu competition in the morning while lifter Jadi Setiadi won bronze in the men’s 56-kilogram class later in the day.
In the snatch, Jadi managed to lift 120 kilograms on his first attempt, but failed to lift 123
kilograms on his second and the third try.
“In the snatch, he equalled the result of Myanmar’s Phyo Pyiae Phyo but Jadi weighs 4 grams more so he needed to lift more in the clean and jerk in order to win bronze. It was really psychological warfare between the coaches and lifters of the two countries,” Indonesian weightlifting manager Sony Kasiran told The Jakarta Post.
In the clean and jerk, Jadi twice lifted 146 kilograms in his first and second tries before lifting 151 kilograms in the last try to win bronze, while Phyo could only lift 145 kilograms in his first try and failed to lift 150 kilograms and 151 kilograms in his second and third tries.
“We were very grateful to everybody that had helped us to get this result. We are so happy because from the beginning there was no pressure on us to win any medals.
“Jadi was really lucky because he had just recovered from a knee injury in both legs and a few days before our departure, he complained of discomfort in his wrists. He could only manage 140 kilograms at a tournament in Turkey,” Sony said.
The gold medal went to China’s Jingbiao Wu who lifted 133 kilograms in the snatch and 152 kilograms in the clean and jerk to break the Asian Games record in the men’s 56-kilogram category with a total lift of 285 kilograms.
The silver medal went to North Korea’s Cha Kum-chol who managed to lift 128 kilograms in the snatch and 148 kilograms in the clean and jerk.
Sony said his lifters were a lot more relaxed at the event because there were no specific targets the Indonesian Sports Committee (KONI) or the Youth and Sports Ministry had given them.
“They set no expectations, even for mainstays such as Eko [Yuli Irawan] and Triyatno. The most important thing is that they do their best at the event,” Sony said.