Lifter Sri Agustiani Seals Team Indonesia's First Medal at Rio Olympics


AUGUST 07, 2016

Jakarta/Rio de Janeiro. Team Indonesia sealed their first medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, a silver for weightlifter Sri Wahyuni Agustiani in the women's 48 kilogram category on Sunday (07/08).

Sri lifted 192 kilograms in total to win the silver medal. The 21-year-old lifter failed twice to lift 115 kilograms in the clean and jerk to overtake Thailand’s Sopita Tanasan who won gold with a total lift of 200 kilograms.

Japanese lifter Hiromi Miyake won bronze after with a personal-best lift of 188 kilograms.

"I am very happy to get a silver medal just before my birthday," Sri said after the event at the Riocentro Arena, as reported by Antara.

Before the Olympics, Bandung-born Sri had already shown huge potentials after winning silver in the 2014 Asian Games and gold in the 2013 Sea Games.

Indonesian weightlifting team leader Alamsyah Wijaya said Sri improved in leaps and bounds during a national training camp in South Africa several months ago.

"I predicted then that Sri will get a medal in Rio. I saw how much she improved during the national training camp," Alamsyah said.

Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, who witnessed the event live, congratulated Sri for her convincing performance, saying "Sri’s fighting spirit will inspire the other Indonesian athletes."