Jakarta. Indonesian pencak silat fighters added three more golds to the country's 2018 Asian Games medal count, winning in the women's single, men's double and men's team of the motion-art events on Monday (27/08).
Puspa Arumsari secured Indonesia's 13th gold medal, scoring 467 points in her artistic routine, followed by Singapore's Mohammad Yazid Nurzuhairah and Philippine's Cherry May Regalado, who scored 445 and 444 points respectively.
Meanwhile, fighters Yola Primadona Jampil and Hendy finished first with 580 points in the men's double category, in which Vietnam took silver and Malaysia bronze.
These spectacular performances were followed by the men's team comprising Nunu Nugraha, Asep Yuldan Sani and Anggi Faisal Mubarok, who won gold with 465 points, ahead of their Vietnamese and Thai opponents, who scored 450 and 448 points respectively.
Pencak silat is a martial art originating in Southeast Asia and made world-famous by "The Raid" movie. It is the first time the sport is featured at the Asian Games, with 16 gold medals from 10 combating and six motion-art events at stake.
At the 2018 Asian Games, 167 athletes from 16 countries are competing in pencak silat.
Indonesia has already won 15 gold medals, inching closer to the country's target of at least 16 golds at the international multisport event it is hosting.