Indonesian women’s hurdles athlete Emilia Nova said she was ready to fight to defend the gold medal she won at the 2019 Philippines SEA Games when she appeared in Vietnam later, even though she was overshadowed by a heel injury.
Emilia, who won the gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games women’s 100-meter hurdles, also had to struggle with her physical condition to appear in Vietnam as she is currently recovering from spinal surgery in June last year.
However, the 26-year-old athlete feels that his condition is now improving and is ready to compete in the biennial multievent which will be held May 12-23.
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“It’s getting better, but maybe now I have a problem with my left heel due to overuse of training. This is indeed an injury that is often experienced by hurdles athletes,” said Emilia in a press release from the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), quoted Saturday (2/4) ).
“But, I’m lucky that at this time there is a physiotherapist who directly treats me. Hopefully I can maintain the (gold) achievement,” he added.
The Indonesian athletic team will be strengthened by 23 athletes at the 2021 SEA Games.
The Executive Board of the All-Indonesia Athletics Association (PB PASI) plans to send some of its athletes to the Singapore Open in mid-April as a warm-up event as well as to measure the athletes’ preparation for the SEA Games.
“So, the test event is to ensure the conditions and preparation of the children. We also ensure what they need because this athletic branch is scheduled to leave for Vietnam on May 11 or three days before their games time,” said Chef de Mission of the Indonesian contingent. for the 2021 SEA Games Ferry J Kono while reviewing the preparation of the athletic team at the Madya Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Complex, Jakarta, Friday (1/4).
PASI targets to be able to bring home seven to eight medals from the Southeast Asian multi-event, exceeding the achievement achieved by the 2019 Manila SEA Games when Indonesian athletics won five gold, six silver and five bronze medals. (Ant/OL-1)