SEA Games
"I wanted to make her proud, no matter what"
 18 May 2022
Writer : NOC Team
"I wanted to make her proud, no matter what" - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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It's the young ones' world, and we're all just living in it.

Young athletes have been the story for Indonesia in this SEA Games. Arif Dwi Pangestu is the latest name to make his mark in Vietnam.

The 17-year old took home the gold medal from the Men's Individual Recurve event in Archery, after defeating Riau Ega Agata, his senior, with a score of 6-2 on Wednesday (18/5).

The two previously won a gold medal with Bagas Prastyadi in the Men's Team Recurve event.

"Alhamdulillah, I can win two gold medals. This is for Indonesia, and for my late mother," said Arif after the final.

Arif said his mother have always been supportive of his choices, including his decision to be an archer. Arif had also dabbled in Pencak Silat before focusing on archery.

"My mother always supported me. She took me to every competition all over the country," said Arif of his mother, who passed away a month before the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.

"It was tough, but I wanted to make her proud no matter what. When I competed in the 2019 SEA Games, I got a gold medal in the Men's Team event. Then I made it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and today, I got two medals for Indonesia," said Arif.

"I told my mom once, I want my name to be in search engine, newspaper, and television. Alhamdulillah it comes true," said Arif.

That said, Arif is keeping his foot firmly on the ground. He wants to qualify for the Olympics once again, and do better.

"The Olympics is an itch I need to scratch. I want to qualify for Paris [2024], and perform my best there," he added.

In the Recurve events, Indonesian archers collected five medals (four golds and a silver). Rezza Octavia and Riau Ega Agata won the gold medal in the Mixed Team Recurve event. Rezza also triumphed in the Women's Individual Recurve, defeating Thailand's Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo, with a score of 6-0.