JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesia has been making impressive strides at the ongoing 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia, having bagged a total of 58 gold medals as of Sunday, May 14, 2023. The feat has put the country closer to achieving its target of winning 60 gold medals at the multi-sport event, according to Menpora Dito Ariotedjo, the Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports.
The Red and White Contingent currently sits in fourth place in the medal table, just one gold medal behind the host country, Cambodia, which is ranked third. The Indonesian team won seven additional gold medals on May 13, 2023, in fin swimming, takraw, tennis, traditional boat races, and weightlifting.
Among the winners were Wahyu Anggoro Tamtimo and Janis Rosalita Suprianto, who won two gold medals in fin swimming. Abdul Muin and his partner won in the men's doubles number for takraw, while Priska Medelyn Nugroho and Christopher Rungkat/Adilla Sutjiadi won one gold each in tennis. Eko Yuli and Abdul Hamid also brought home one gold medal each in weightlifting and traditional boat races, respectively.
The achievement is even more impressive as there are still ongoing events in which Indonesia has a chance to win more gold medals, such as football, basketball, and tennis. The SEA Games 2023 Cambodia will come to a close on May 17, 2023.
Apart from the 58 gold medals, the Indonesian team has also won 51 silver and 72 bronze medals, bringing the total number of medals to 181. Vietnam currently leads the medal table with 87 gold medals, followed by Thailand with 77 gold medals.
Chef de Mission (CdM) of the Indonesian Team, Lexyndo Hakim, expressed his gratitude for the impressive performance of the team so far. "I think we should be grateful until now. There are many historical records, records, and general championship achievements that have been obtained by several sports," he said.
"Being grateful does not mean being satisfied, but a form of gratitude to the Almighty, the endeavors of the athletes, and the prayers of the Indonesian people along with a breath of optimism that is maintained," added Hakim.