Indonesian Pencak Silat competitors reclaimed dominance in their home martial art at the 2011 SEA games along with major wins in other arts as well. In fact, Indonesia’s 100th gold medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games came in another martial art—judo—with competitor Tony Irawan winning the men’s 55-kilogram randori. Suliswanto and Embun Cahyono both won gold in Nage No Kata, a form of throwing.”
“This is my first SEA Games medal, so I’m really happy and proud of my achievement,” said Tony
Irawan, 26, after defeating Ratanakmony Khom of Cambodia in the final. “I was struggling early on, but then I managed to win. He was a tough opponent.”
Not to be dominated by male competitors, the Judo tournaments also brought the host nation a silver from Terry Kusumawardani (women’s 45-kg randori) and a bronze medal from Sari Astriviani Basuki and Ita Rahmawati (for Ju-No Kata, also known as forms of gentleness and flexibility).
Indonesia judo coach Perry Pantouw was pleased with the results as they left his squad one gold away from its target.
Additionally, Indonesia’s competitors had a winning streak in Pencak Silat, finishing with nine gold, seven silver and five bronze medals. Despite pencak silat originating in Indonesia, this was the first time in eight years that Indonesia “topped the medal tally” in the sport since it was introduced in the SEA Games.