Indonesia 2018: Karisma Tiarani’s track triumph

More joy for home fans as athletics gold rush continues

female Para athlete Karisma Tiarani runs down the track holding an Indonesia flag Karisma Tiarani celebrates winning Asian Para Games gold on her home track at Indonesia 2018 © • INAPGOC

Indonesia’s Karisma Tiarani will leave the Asian Para Games with a gold and silver medal after thrilling the home crowd with a golden win on the track on Wednesday (10 October).

Having already won a silver medal in the women’s long jump T42-44/T61-64, she blitzed the field to win the 100m T42/T63 final at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Tiarani said she was happy and proud to win gold in front of her adoring Indonesian fans.

“The supporters encourage me that’s why I could be here and stand up at these Games,” she said.

“I am satisfied with the result of the long jump and the target before from the coach was a gold too but, my coach is also satisfied with the result.

“There is no target for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo but if there is any possibility, I want to go to the Paralympics in 2020.”

The morning session was dominated by 100m finals and a string of record-breaking performances on the field.

Jordan’s Ahmad Hindi set a new world record of 12.07m in the men’s shot put F34 final, beating the previous mark by 55cm.

Iran’s Mahdi Olad beat his own Asian record by 1.09m in the men’s discus F11. He threw 42.37m with his fifth attempt to claim the record and gold. Iran’s Arian Lofti also claimed bronze in the same event.

Alireza Mokhtari Hemami beat his own Asian record in the men’s shot put F53 with an 8.73m which was 38cm longer than his previous personal best. This gold medal added to his bronze in the men’s discus F51/52/53.

China’s Xiaoyan Wen improved on her silver in the 200m when she upset Asian record holder and compatriot Fenfen Jiang. She won the women’s 100m T37 in a new Asian record time of 13.50.

Zhou China from China added to her gold in the 200m T35 by winning the 100m T35 easily.

Korea’s Minjae Jeon claimed the 100m T36 gold to add to her 200m crown, from Lai Yu Chan of Hong Kong and fellow Chinese athlete Dan Wang.

The final two events of the morning session saw two Games records fall.

In the women’s discus F56/F57, Iran’s Hashemiyeh Motaghian threw a 21.17m to smash the previous F56 mark of 14.41m set at Incheon 2014. While Enlong Wei from China beat his own record set back in 2010 with a 15.67m on his second attempt in the men’s shot put F46.

Full results can be found on the official Asian Para Games website.