SEA Games
Gold medal just the beginning for Rifda
 17 May 2022
Writer : NOC Team
Gold medal just the beginning for Rifda - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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Rifda Irfanaluthfi breathe a sigh of relief, she finally completed the feat of winning gold medals in two of the Artistic Gymnastic events, the All-Around and Floor Exercise at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

When her name pops out in the screen, putting her in first place of the Floor Exercise event, she was ecstatic - this was her second gold medal in Vietnam and her third medal overall.

But this result is only the beginning for Rifda, she now have her sight set on the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

"I said that this will be my last SEA Games, but I am not retiring. I want to achieve more, especially in Asian Games and the Olympics. I hope I can stay healthy and have the chance to compete in Paris 2024," said Rifda.

Rifda scored 12.700 in the floor exercise event, where she could not be separated with Sasiwimon Mueangphuan of Thailand. The bronze medal was won by Vietnam's Nhu Phuong Pham with a score 12.033.

In the All-Around event two days prior, Rifda put on a show, she excel the uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and the vaulting horse. With a score of 49.650, she took home the gold medal, defeating The Philippines' Aleah Finnegan Cruz, who took the silver medal in her SEA Games' debut.

"The competition in Southeast Asia is more competitive, The Philippines have an athlete that was a member of the US Gymnastic team and the other competitors are getting better too. This opened my eyes and I need to learn more difficult moves," Rifda explains.

"My next target was the Asian Games, but because it is postponed - I will be focusing on the World Championship in Liverpool, this October. I will be going into training camp [after SEA Games] until December," Rifda added.

Indonesia's Chef de Mission (CdM) for the 31st SEA Games, Ferry Kono, witnessed Rifda's performance in the final. He was absolutely proud with her display throughout the SEA Games.

"One of the competitor from The Philippines is a dual-nationality [The Philippines and USA], but I think Rifda performed better than her," adds Ferry.