Maria Londa Wins Long Jump Gold at Asian Games

Maria Natalia Londa cleared 6.55 meters to win the long jump at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, last year. (Antara Photo/Saptono)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 7:35 PM September 29, 2014
Category : Sports, Featured, Athletics

Jakarta. Indonesia’s Maria Natalia Londa won the women’s long jump competition at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday, ending the country’s 16-year gold medal drought in track-and-field events at the Games.

Maria recorded a jump of 6.55 meters, more than 10 centimeters further than the 6.44 meters achieved by silver medalist Thi Bui of Vietnam.

China’s Jiang Yanfei shared the bronze medal with South Koreans Jung Soonuk and Bae Chanmi with a distance of 6.34 meters.

Maria’s winning jump was far short of the Asian Games record of 6.91 meters, but matched her personal best from two years ago, albeit the earlier jump was wind-assisted.

Her gold medal is Indonesia’s first in track-and-field at the Asian Games since Supriyati Sutono won the women’s 5,000 meters at the 1998 Games in Bangkok.

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