Ni Nengah Widiasih Potentially Prints Indonesia’s First Gold at APG 2022


The para-powerlifting or heavy lifting branch has the potential to contribute Indonesia’s first gold at the 2022 ASEAN Para Games (APG). The golden opportunity comes from lifter Ni Nengah Widiasih who will drop in the women’s 45 kilogram (kg) class, Monday (1 /8) at Hotel Solo Paragon.

In addition to hunting for the first gold, the woman who is familiarly called Widi carries the mission of defending her title. In the previous edition of APG in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, Widi successfully donated gold in the 45 kg class. The Red and White mainstay lifter also admitted that he was ready to compete and scored the first gold for Indonesia.

“I will try my best to defend the title, especially since we are the hosts. Hopefully the anthem Indonesia Raya can be heard,” said Widi in an official statement from the Indonesian Paralympic Committee (NPC Indonesia), Sunday (31/7).

Predicated as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics silver and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics bronze, Widi is the seed in the 2022 APG. Appearing as the seed, Widi doesn’t want Jemawa. he admitted to being wary of other competitors such as senior Filipino Lifter Achelle Guion, 45 kg silver winner at the 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

“I think all athletes have their strengths. I am wary of them, but they must also be wary of me. I am one of the strongest among them,” said the woman born in Karangasem, Bali.

Mentioned his tips for dealing with the burden because of his superior status, Widi admitted that he would try to concentrate on the match. He said previous achievements should be a boost instead of a burden when competing.

“As much as possible, just be happy. Focus on concentration so that when the match can be maximized, “he explained.

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Meanwhile, Indonesia is targeting to score six gold medals from the powerlifting branch. The Red and White contingent will compete in 13 classes out of a total of 18 classes contested.

The coordinator of the national training trainer for Indonesian powerlifters, Coni Ruswanta, is optimistic that his foster children can exceed this target.

“They are determined to get as much gold as possible because they appear at home,” he said.

On the first day of the competition, Monday, the powerlifting branch is planned to play the women’s 41 kg, 45 kg, 50 kg, 55 kg and 61 kg classes. In addition to Widi, Indonesia will also lower its daughter lifters, namely Eneng Paridah (41 kg) and Rani Puji Astuti (61 kg) on ​​the first day of the medal race. (NPC Indonesia/OL-5)