Tiara Prastika Andini could not hide her happiness, her dream to bring home the gold medal from the Downhill Mountain Bike (MTB) event comes true on Sunday (15/5). Tiara finished the race in first place with a time of 3:31:53.100, a SEA Games record. Thailand's Vipavee Deekaballes took the silver medal, and The Philippines Gardoce Mapanao took the bronze medal.
"I'm really happy with this achievement. I'm so proud to able to meet the target. It has been a long wait, but since the last year or so, I have been optimistic I can win the gold medal," said TIara who dominated since the start of the race.
"There was a bit of drizzle at the start, it was slippery. Lucky for me, I can control my bike. Despite the narrow track, I was able set the fastest time," Tiara said after the race.
Tiara's gold medal was an improvement from her performance in 2019. She took the silver medal in the 2019 SEA Games, losing out to the host' Lea Denise Belgira.
In the men's Downhill MTB event, Indonesia also took a medal. Andy Prayoga won the silver medal with a time of 3:09:35.600 - thus improving on his bronze medal at the 2019 SEA Games. Popo Ario Sejati, Indonesia's other rider, finished in fourth place with a time of 3:15:81.000.
President of NOC Indonesia, Raja Sapta Oktohari, who watched the race - congratulated the Cycling National Federation (PB ISSI) for their development strategy.
"Congratulations to PB ISSI, this achievement shows the tremendous progress of Indonesia in Cycling," said Okto.
"Tiara is an icon for the women's downhill and we hope there will be more Indonesian riders that can achieve even better performances in the future," Okto added.