Indonesian Olympic News Update 24 Jul 2021
TOKYO (24/07/21) - Windy Cantika Aisah made an impressive debut at the Olympics. The 19-year old lifter won the bronze medal in the women’s 49kg event with a total lift of 194kg (84kg in the snatch and 110kg in the clean & jerk). With this result, she becomes the first athlete to win a medal for Indonesia in Tokyo 2020.
“Alhamdulillah, I am delighted to win a medal for Indonesia. I felt nervous because the gap with other competitors was very tight,” said Cantika after the match.
Held in Tokyo International Forum, Cantika struggled in her first snatch attempt. But she made up for it in the second attempt by lifting 84kg.
Cantika went for the 87kg lift in the third attempt, but she could not finish perfectly and had to settle for 84kg.
In the clean & jerk, Cantika attempted to lift 103kg. Unlike in the snatch, she was successful in her first attempt. Her next attempt for 108kg was also successful.
Her final attempt, for 110kg, was also successful. Despite some wobble in her legs, Cantika finished strong and completed the lift. Her total of 194kg was good enough for the bronze medal.
“I felt nervous as the gap with other competitors was close. Especially in the snatch, but I try to remain calm and focus on myself and the weights,” Cantika added.
Indonesia’s Chef de Mission for Tokyo Olympics, Rosan P. Roeslani hopes that Cantika’s success will motivate other Indonesian athletes to show their best effort in the coming days.
Rosan, who also acts as President of PB PABSI (Indonesia’s weightlifting national federation) hopes that others will carry the torch. Indonesia will now hope for another medal from Eko Yuli Irawan, scheduled to compete in the men’s 61kg on Sunday (25/7).
“Alhamdulillah, after yesterday’s opening ceremony, Cantika was able to win a medal on the first day. Hopefully, this positive step will continue for other Indonesian athletes,” said Rosan.
“As the head of PB PABSI, I am proud with this achievement from Cantika as it keeps the tradition of weightlifting that has always been able to win medals at the Olympics for the last 20 years. I’m proud, and hopefully, other Indonesian athletes can follow suit,” adds Rosan.
China’s Hou Zhihui won the gold medal with a total lift of 210kg (94kg snatch and 116kg clean & jerk). Chanu Saikhtom Mirabai won the silver medal from India with a total lift of 202kg (87kg snatch and 115kg clean&jerk).