The process of coaching and training is a process that full of hard work, areas that are often quiet, and often overlooked or lacking support.

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But true athletes and coaches and coaches are those who take that risk and face what will happen bravely.

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The success of the sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri which was like “suddenly” in the world event – so that the Red-White flag had not been prepared from the start – and then became viral on social media, then became the trigger of the revealed number of Indonesian athletes, coaches and trainers who struggling to undergo such a difficult process. And, they succeeded.

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They are the true line of Indonesian sportsmen. The world-class title won like the most beautiful gift for the 73rd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia Independence Day (RI Anniversary) on August 17, 2018.

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1. Lalu Muhammad Zohri

Lalu Muhammad Zohri became the first Indonesian athlete to win a gold medal in the Under-20 World Athletics Championship. This happened at 2018 performances in Tampere, Canada, 10-15 July. The athlete who is usually called Zohri won the final round running 100 meters with a time of 10.18 seconds.

I Komang Budagama and I Made Budiasa are coach duo who discovered and fostered Zohri at the Mataram Student Training and Coaching Center (PPLP) before reaching the U-20 100 meters world champion in Tampere, Finland. After entering PPLP in 2016 in Mataram, I Komang and I Made began to fix Zohri’s running techniques, especially the start technique which was the most important part in short distance running.

Lalu Muhammad Zohri after the ceremony of the men’s 100 meter gold medal at the World Under-20 Championships, Finland. (Photo: Doc. Indonesian Ambassador in Finland, Wiwiek S Firman)

The first official championship he attended after becoming a student of PPLP was the 2016 Inter-PPLP National Championship in Jakarta, and Zohri won bronze with a time of 10.88 seconds. His best achievement is 10.25 seconds in the 2017 Inter-PPLP National Championship semi-final in Papua. However, in the final he only recorded 10.36 seconds due to a bad start despite still appearing as a champion. The series of achievements and improvements that he showed made Zohri called to Jakarta at the end of 2017 to join the 2018 Asian Games national training camp.

The big leap that made his name skyrocket is like a meteor when he won the U-20 100 meter world championship in Tampere. Zohri recorded a speed of 10.18 seconds or just 0.01 seconds adrift of the national record held by Suryo Agung since 200. This achievement was achieved when he was just 18 years old. Suryo Agung created it when he was 26 years old.

2. Samantha Edithso

Samantha Edithso is an Indonesian chess player who is still 10 years old. At the end of June 2018, she won the U-10 FIDE World Championship in Belarus. Samantha has won many other international competitions, such as the 2017 G-17 Blitz Asian School Championship and the G-10 Blitz & Rapid Asian Youth Championship in 2018. Samantha is also the number one chess player in the world for the U-10 age group based on Elo Rating.

Indonesian child chess player, Samantha Edithson (centre), become a champion of FIDE World Championsip U-10 2018.

Initially, Samantha was found by the Chess Association of Indonesia (Percasi) while attending the national chess championship in 2016. Samantha’s talent, which at that time was 8 years old, began to be seen. Because, when following the national championship, he dropped in the category of the 12 year age group. Responding to this, PB Percasi Chairman of Achievement, Kristianus Liem, believes Samantha does have a talent that is able to compete with athletes from the older age groups. “The game is good. “For the age of 17, Indonesia, he plays it and competes and becomes runner-up,” said Liem.

3. Jevon Kuswoyo dan Lawrence Dean Kurnia

The Indonesian Wushu Team reaped good results at the Junior Wushu World Championship in Brasilia, Brazil, 9-16 July 2018. Jevon Lionel Koeswoyo and Lawrence Dean Kurnia who won gold medals. Jevon received gold from the taijijian category A. Lawrence who was only 11 years old won gold from Daoushu C.


Jevon Lionel Koeswoyo (left) with bronze winner number Tombak Ahmad Gifari.

Other Indonesian wushu athletes also performed. Silver won Nadya Gem in Changquan, Jevon in Taiji, Joyceline in Jianshu, and Nadya Permata in Ginshu A. Bronze was obtained by Thalia Marvelina in Number Gunshu, Nelson Louis in Jianshu, Patricia Geraldine in Jianshu, Ahmad Gifari in the Spear Number, and Joyceline in Nanquan B.

4. Fauzan Noor

Fauzan Noor actually has become the world champion of the kumite (fight) Traditional Karate World Championship, WASO World Championship, in Prague, Republic of Check, on 28-29 December 2017. But, Fauzan felt the lack of attention for him before Zohri won. Now Fauzan can breathe freely. He just got an award for his achievements. Together with chess and wushu athletes who also won, he received a bonus from Kemenpora. He received a bonus of Rp 40 million directly from the Menpora Iman Nahrawi at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Building, Monday, July 23, 2018.

Before joining the traditional karate championship in Cek, he had won several tournaments in Indonesia. The last time, he became a national champion in Sumedang, West Java, so he has the right to represent Indonesia in Check. Despite being a champion, after returning to Indonesia he was not welcomed like a world champion. He continued his life and pursued his work as a waiter at a retail store in Banjarmasin.

Noor after winning the duel over the Czech Republic’s karateka which at the same time brought him to become the world champion of Traditional Karate 2017.

Fauzan’s coach, Mustafa, stated the bonus from Kemenpora as the first time. “This (bonus) is the first and very large. While we never imagined. So really like the gift that fell,” said Mustafa. Mustafa and the Chairperson of the International Traditional Karate Federation (FKTI) who were also present at the Kemenpora, Zudan Arif Fakrulloh, hoped that traditional karate would soon be recognized by the Indonesian National Sports Committee. . In the final, Fauzan, 162.5 centimeters tall and weighing about 62 kilograms, managed to defeat the host karateka whose body was much taller and bigger.

5. Devi Safitri

Hapkido martial arts athlete from Kubu Raya regency, West Kalimantan, Devi Safitri, 21 years old, successfully won the world title at the 2018 Seoul World Hapkido Championship in Seoul, South Korea, July 29. “This target exceeded my expectations and won the championship,” he said. Devi competed in arena two of Seoul’s Jung-Gu Community Center, and won the gold medal after defeating Hong Kong’s rival in the number dae ryeon (fighting) in featherweight below 57 kilograms.

When she was released by the Kubu Raya Deputy Regent Hermanus before leaving for Korea, Devi firmly stated that he was aiming for a medal, even though the 2018 Hapkido World Championship was his first international tournament. “At that time it was about 7 months of preparation. The preparation did not include daily independent training and joint training with the Indonesian national team,” said the 2017 National Hapkido champion. Thanks to Devi’s victory, Kubu Raya Regent Rusman Ali welcomed enthusiastically as a form of appreciation for Devi’s achievements which boast the country and the region. According to Rusman Ali, Devi Safitri has proven that the sons and daughters of the region are able to compete at the national level, even the world.


Devi Safitri, 21, an orphan from Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, became a world champion at the 2018 Seoul World Hapkido Championship event in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday (29/7).

The West Kalimantan hapkido trainer, Rusli, expressed his gratitude for the attention of the Kubu Raya District Government to its assisted hapkido community. According to Rusli, this concern will be an encouragement for athletes to achieve achievements. Devi Safitri just started to pursue hapkido in 2016 or about two years after martial arts hapkido entered Indonesia around 2014. Just a year after joining hapkido, Devi immediately showed his class. He appeared as national champion at the national hapkido championship in Yogyakarta. For this achievement Devi was called to join the Indonesian hapkido team.

Mr. Soekarno (Indonesia’s independence proclamator, Indonesia’s first president) said, “Give me 1,000 parents, I will undo semeru from the roots. Give me 10 young men I will surely shake the world”.

Happy celebrating Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day!

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