Indonesian Divers Flop in Singapore; Girls’ Basketball Team Ready for Opener
Indonesia got off to a rough start on the first day of the inaugural Asian Youth Games in Singapore.
Three of the country’s athletes failed to qualify for the finals in diving and athletics on Tuesday.
Maria Natalie Dinda finished fourth in her girls platform diving heat with 275.60 points.
Only the top three divers from the preliminary heats at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex advanced to the finals.
Liu Jiao of China eventually won gold in the finals, followed by Sin Ji Hyang of North Korea and South Korea’s Yun Seung Eun.
Andriyan took seventh in his boys 3-meter springboard heat. China’s Wu Dongliang took gold, the first of the Games, with a 626.60, followed by Kuwait’s Alharbi Rashed in second and Cho Sung of South Korea in third.
Nurul Imaniar also narrowly missed out on advancing, placing third in her girls 100-meter sprint heat. Her time was 0.66 seconds off first-place Akane Kimura of Japan, with Liao Ching-Hsien of Taiwan finishing second. The top two in each heat advanced.
The Indonesian girls’ 3-on-3 basketball team opens its tournament today with a Group A match against Thailand. Jordan is the other team in the group.
Coach Julisa Rastafari said that it would be a very important match as she believed Thailand would be the toughest team to beat.
“I think if we beat Thailand, then the rest of the group games will be easier for us,” she said on Tuesday. “Thailand’s women’s team is one of the best in Asia.”
Malaysia was originally in Indonesia’s group, but the country pulled all but two of its athletes from the Games on Monday in response to ongoing fears over the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.
Indonesia is scheduled to face Jordan on Friday. The top two teams in the group advance to the next round.