Asian Para Games 2018: From broken dreams to broken records
Updated: Jun 7, 2019
The best Asian para athletes assembled for top level competition in Jakarta last week. In the Indonesian capital about 3,000 athletes, divided over 18 sports, from 43 countries competed against each other for the medals.
Out of these many events we have selected some highlights that cannot stay unmentioned:
Ones to watch
In our spotlight article we highlighted three athletes to watch out for. Well how did they do?
Sareh Javanmardi to start with, turned out to be unbeatable again. The Iranian parashooter won both the Women's 10M Air Pistol - SH1 and the Mixed 50M Free Pistol (SH1 class) event.
Swimmer Giseong Jo from Korea might be a little disappointed with his results. The 22-year old did take three silver medals home for the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle (S4 class), but in the same events he is reigning world champion and Paralympic Champion. It is clear who his biggest opponent is, because Japan’s Suzuki Takayuki was the one who heard his national play after those three events.
Kim Hansoo did not manage to get himself a podium spot in boccia’s Mixed Individual event in the BC3 class. In the quarter final he was eliminated by fellow Korean and teammate Kim Jun Yup.
Jeong Howon and Kim Jun Yup, both his teammates for the team event, finished first and second. The Koreans lost their semi-final game against Hong Kong, but after their win over Thailand they earned the third spot on the podium. Hong Kong’s team won the gold after beating Singapore in the final.
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Sareh Javanmardi with one of her medals (Instagram: @sareh_javanmardii)
Cheah Liek Hou’s quest for gold unsuccessful.
Cheah Liek Hou, who we interviewed before the Asian Para Games, did not achieve his goal of defending his men’s singles title in the SU5 class of the badminton event.
The experienced Malaysian reached the semi-final where he was beaten by the Indonesian youngster Anrimusthi Dheva. The 19-year old eventually won the final by beating, fellow Indonesian, Nugroho Suryo. Cheah however managed to take the bronze home.
In the SU5 men’s doubles there were no big differences; Cheah, accompanied by Hairul Fozi Saaba took the bronze, Nugroho Suryo took the silver together with Listyanto Putra Oddie Kurnia Dwi and Anrimusthi Dheva took the gold whilst accompanied by Prawiranegara Hafizh Briliansyah.
Cheah Liek Hou during the team event's medal ceremony (Instagram: @cheahliekhou4956)
Struggling with rules
Some athletes did and some athletes did not peak at the moments that really mattered, but others did not even get the chance to find out, due to administrative errors. A true athlete’s nightmare to say the least.
- You are not on the list
Indonesia’s men’s swimming team had to face a huge disappointment; they did not get the chance to compete in the 4x100m relay, because they were not registered for the competition.
The staff of the team was facing problems whilst registering two other athletes who had to compete that same day, which made them forget to register the relay team. The organization did not tolerate registrations past due, coach Handoko Purnomo said in an interview with The Jakarta Post. To that he added that Cambodia’s swimming team was late to register as well. Handoko apologized.
- (Mis)understood regulations
Visually impaired judoka Miftahul Jannah, also from Indonesia, was disqualified for refusing to take of her jihab. According to the rules of the International Judo Federation (IJF) athletes are not allowed to wear any kind of head coverings during competition, except for bandaging of a medical nature. This rule was made for safety reasons.
In the first reports her coach claimed to have misunderstood the, in English written, rules due to his poor English. However in later reports Miftahul admitted to be aware of the rule, but insisted on wearing her Hijab. As said before, this resulted in disqualification.
The start of one of the swimming events (Instagram: @paraswimming)
Many records were broken. In the swimming events only, 79 new records were set. Amilova Fotimakhon from Uzbekistan for example broke both the Women's 200M Individual Medley and Women's 100M Breaststroke SB13 (SM13 class) world record.
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