Jakarta. Indonesia has added another medal to its collection at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics when weightlifter Eko Yuli Irawan won silver in the 62-kilogram class on Monday night (08/08).
Eko successfully lifted a combined total of 312 kg – only six kilograms less than Colombian gold medalist Oscar Figueroa. Kazakhstan's Farkhad Karkhi managed to lift 305 kg, earning him a bronze medal.
In the snatch, the Indonesian athlete started his bid by successfully lifting 142 kg, but failed in his next two attempts to lift 146 kg.
In the clean and jerk, Eko started by successfully lifting 170 kg, but he failed at 176 kg. To beat Figueroa, the Indonesian athlete would have had to lift 179 kg.
When asked about Eko's performance, weightlifting team manager Alamsyah Wijaya expressed satisfaction although arguing that Eko could have won gold.
"This result is actually incredible as we only underwent seven months of preparation. This is the best result for the team after a successful training camp in South Africa, which in my view was very effective," Alamsyah said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday.
"I think the problem [preventing Eko from winning gold] was nutrition and not something else, like strategy. If the lifters have power, they can apply the strategy.
"However, we are grateful for this achievement and we want to thank all supporting parties, the government, the sports ministry and others."
With this milestone, Eko became the first Indonesian to win medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.
Fellow Indonesian weightlifters I Ketut Ariana and Triyatno will compete in the 69 kg class, while Deni will compete in the 77 kg class on Tuesday.