Rising from the title of Rookie of the Year in 2012 after debuting in 2011, Arki has been the MVP of the Indonesian Basketball League since 2017 and will captain the national team in the coming games. This small forward is looking to earn a gold medal after bringing home silvers together with the national team in the 2012 SEABA Cup, the 2015 SEA Games, and the 2017 SEA Games and SEABA Championship.
Eko Yuli Irawan
Olympian Eko, with two bronze medals in 2008 and 2012 and one silver in 2016, is now training hard following a recent bout of typhus—his 62kg weightlifting class is also finally listed. Gold is no stranger to him, with four medals won at the SEA Games from 2007 to 2013, and one aimed for this year’s games following two bronzes earned at the 2010 and 2014 matches.
Despite initial disapproval from his parents due to his asthma, Hendro forged on with training as a race-walker to win a high-school scholarship. The 27-year-old has now won three gold medals in a row for the 20km distance at the SEA Games 2013, 2015 and 2017, and broke the record at last year’s. He is now setting his sights on a gold at the Asian Games and eventually the Olympics.
Age is truly just a number as 23-year-old Siman has already won six gold medals, five silvers, and one bronze at the Southeast Asian Games 2011 to 2017 in the backstroke swimming competitions. Moreover, after bearing the Indonesian flag at the 2012 London Olympics, Siman will do so again during the opening of the 2018 games where he’s looking both for a gold medal and a new record.
In the last year of tournaments for Indonesia’s talented mixed-doubles badminton pair, Liliyana Natsir’s approaching retirement pushed Tontowi to also double up his effort—resulting in another win at the Indonesia Open recently. Achieving a gold medal in the coming Asian Games seems a lot closer now considering that the pair, ranked among the world’s top 3 doubles, pocketed one gold and one silver in the 2016 Olympics.