Safira Wins Gold Medal at Pencak Silat World Championship

Indonesian pencak silat athletes won a gold medal at the 19th World Pencak Silat Championship 2022 in Malaysia which was held from Tuesday (26/7) to Sunday (31/7).

Safira Dwi Meilani Gadis, from Kudus Regency, Central Java, managed to make Indonesia proud after defeating the Vietnamese fighter Nguyen Thai Mai Lan in the final round.

Before stepping into the final round, the girl who was born in Kudus on May 18, 2000, took part in the women’s B competition class with a weight category of 50-55 kilograms.

In the quarterfinals, Safira succeeded in overthrowing a fighter from Thailand, Arriya Katkansaeng on Thursday (28/7).

Safira’s success continued in the semifinals which took place on Saturday (30/7). When facing a fighter from Singapore, Nur Syaza Insyirah binte MD Roslan, he won again with a convincing score of 70-14.

“Alhamdulillah, we can meet the target. We can win first place and get a gold medal,” said Safira when contacted, Sunday (31/7).

Asked about the key to victory in the international match, Safira admitted that she was just trying to be carefree or playing loose. The reason is, he competes without thinking about the target, so he can play loose to show his best.

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Even so, in every match he admits that he has encountered difficulties. “But slowly I can figure out the opponent’s playing style. And thank God I can win,” he said.

Safira went with 36 athletes and 3 coaches, but she herself did not know the overall results brought by the Indonesian contingent. He claimed to focus on the match in his class.

Safira hopes that the national training fighter in other classes can also contribute the best results in making Indonesia proud in the 2022 World Pencak Silat Championship.

“I hope that in the future I can continue to show the best performance and continue to achieve. Moreover, next year there will also be the SEA Games,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Kudus Branch of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Association (Pengcab IPSI), Muhammad Nur Hasyim, appreciated that the athletes fostered by his region succeeded in winning the gold medal at the world championship.

Safira’s achievement is expected to motivate other athletes from Kudus, especially in the pencak silat branch.

“Alhamdulillah, I was able to get a gold medal. I feel proud and grateful for Safira’s achievement,” he explained.

Safira’s achievement was the highest achievement she had carved. Previously, he won a gold medal in the event
South East Asia (SEA) Pencak Silat Championship in Singapore, last February 2022. (OL-16)