Indonesia's swimmer, Masniari Wolf shocked the Swimming competition after winning the gold medal in the Women's 50m backstroke event.
Masniari finished the race in first place with a time of 29.210 seconds, followed by The Philippines' Jessica Joy Geriane and Indonesia's Anak Agung Istri Kania Ratih Atmaja, who won the bronze medal.
"I'm delighted to win the gold medal, especially this is my first time competing for Indonesia at the SEA Games," said Wolf after the race.
Masniari's performance seem to came out of nowhere, she was one of the last addition to the Swimming team for the SEA Games after PRSI (The Aquatics National Federation) was granted an additional slot.
Her achievement also ended Indonesia's 11-year SEA Games' gold medal drought in Swimming. The last Indonesian swimmer to win gold in swimming at the SEA Games was Yessy Yosaputra in the 200m backstroke back in the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
Indonesia won a total of five medals in Swimming today (15/5). Apart from Wolf and Kania Ratih, Indonesia won three bronzes from Glenn Victor Sutanto (50m butterfly), Aflah Fadlan Prawira (400m individual medley), and the quartet of Ressa Kania, Patricia Yosita, Angel Gabriella, and Nurul Fajar in the women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay event.
Tim Indonesia's Chef de Mission (CdM), Ferry J. Kono believes the Indonesian team remains competitive in medal tally, specifically in the battle with The Philippines and Thailand for the top three.
"Alhamdulillah, we have won 19 gold medals, with E-Sports the latest to win a gold medal and a silver in the Free Fire event. We remain on track," said Ferry on Sunday (15/5).