SEA Games
"Dark Horse" Flairene Candrea triumphed in the Women's 100m Backstroke
 17 May 2022
Writer : NOC Team
"Dark Horse" Flairene Candrea triumphed in the Women's 100m Backstroke - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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Flairene Candrea Wonomiharjo came into the Women's 100m backstroke event on Tuesday (17/5) as a relative unknown. The 17-year old have just made the transition from Synchronised Swimming. Competing in the same event was Masniari Wolf, who had just won the Women's 50m Backstroke event two days prior.

That was 18.38 local time.

11 minutes later, she emerged from the pool, a gold medalist for Indonesia.

Flairene took home the gold medal with a time of 1:03.360 ahead of The Philippines' Chloe Isleta and Jessica Joy Taguba, who finished in second and third place. Wolf finished in fourth place.

"This medal is for Indonesia, our beloved country," said Flairene with a big grin on her face.

"I am so happy to win gold. This is my first year [joining] the National Training Camp, I just made the move from Synchronised Swimming," added the 17-year old.

Her decision paid off handsomely. With time on her side, Flairene will be tipped for bigger and better things.

"I made the move, because Coach Albert [Swimming National Team coach] suggested I should focus in swimming, so I did," Flairene said.

With a gold medal on her neck, she's no longer an unknown quantity.