Indonesia's Fin Swimming team is setting its sights on at least three gold medals for the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam. Head Coach Mokhamad Riyad explained the team's chances to the Chef de Mission (CdM) team when it visited the Fin Swimming's training camp on Monday (4/4) at GBK Aquatic Center.
"There are several targets for the Fin Swimming team. Among them for the men's 50m surface. In December, our athlete is ranked sixth in the world. So that's one of our targets," said Riyad.
"Other than that, we are also targeting gold for women's 100m surface and 100m fin. So that's two events in the surface and one in the fin," explained Riyad.
The 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta-Palembang was the last time Fin Swimming was held. Indonesia won 17 medals, with seven golds, eight silvers, and two bronzes. According to Riyad, with more countries competing, it is likely that Fin Swimming will be a regular part of the SEA Games.
"So far, only Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia. This year, we will probably see Singapore and Malaysia also. There's a big chance [for Fin Swimming] to be a regular part of SEA Games with more competitors," said Riyad.
PB POSSI (National Federation for Diving) Vice President Makhruzi Rahman agrees with the target set out by the team.
"In 2011, we won seven gold medals. If we send all of our athletes, the chance for gold will be bigger," said Makhruzi.
On the other hand, Deputy I of CdM Team, Teuku Arlan Perkasa Lukman believes that Fin Swimming has a massive potential, owing to its base in swimming.
"There is a large basis, and we have a lot of athletes that can be specialists, among them in water polo or fin swimming," said Arlan, who is also a member of NOC Indonesia's Executive Committee.
The Fin Swimming team will reportedly head to Germany for try-outs before heading home and departing for SEA Games in Vietnam.