Nerve as Indonesian rowers made their Olympic debut - Indonesia Olympic Commitee

Nerve as Indonesian rowers made their Olympic debut

Indonesian Olympic News Update   24 Jul 2021

Tokyo, 24 July 2021 – Mutiara Rahma Putri and Melani Putri made their Olympic debut in the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls event held in Sea Forest Waterway, Saturday (24/7).

France won the heat followed by Italy as they went through to the semifinals. The United States follows in third place, with Switzerland, Ireland, and Indonesia completing the field. These four teams will now go through the repechage stage.

The Indonesian pair could not compete with their opponents from Europe and North America, but they gave their best effort in the race.

Mutiara admits that she was nervous before the race, as this is her first Olympic.

“My heart was beating so fast as this is my debut. I was really nervous, that I was shaking. Especially when I see the opponents are all bigger and stronger,” she said after the race.

The 17-year old is now focused on preparing mentally heading to the repechage stage tomorrow (25/7).

Coach M. Hadris also admits that the field is much stronger and he did not push his proteges to chase the opponents.

“It’s very tough with opponents from Europe and the USA. I ask them to give their all in the first 1.000 meters. If they fall behind by some distance, conserve energy for repechage. The heat is also crucial, as we practice in Pengalengan with an average temperature of 26 degrees. Today, it was 32 to 34 degrees,” he added.

Team Indonesia’s Chef de Mission, Rosan P. Roeslani watched Mutiara and Melani’s performance and is proud of their effort.

“Mutiara is still 17 years old and Melani is 21. They are our future assets. They did their best and we’re so proud of them. There is still a lot of competition in the future, SEA Games, Asian Games, and the next Olympics. Today is a good experience for them, they’re a future star of Indonesia,” said Rosan.

Rosan is open to the possibility of helping the rowing team to train in the United States in his capacity as the Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States.

“I have discussed with Budiman (Setiawan, team manager) regarding the possibility to train in America, especially in Princeton - one of the best there is. We will try to explore a potential partnership so they can train there and that it will give a positive impact for Indonesian sports, especially rowing,” he concluded.

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