Para athletics brought another gold medal for the Indonesian delegation at the 2018 Asian Para Games after sprinter Karisma “Evi” Tiarani dominated the women’s 100-meter T42/T63 (lower limb impairment) sprint on Wednesday morning.
Evi finished the race in 14.98 seconds, leaving silver medalist Kaede Maekawa of Japan trailing far behind with 16.89 seconds.
After the race, 17-year-old Evi, a senior high school student, said she was glad to have met her target.
Previously, she won bronze in the long jump in the same category.
She has now set sights on next year’s ASEAN Para games in the Philippines. At the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, she had clinched silver in both the 100 m and 200 m events.
Joining the national training camp in Surakarta, Central Java, since early this year had forced Evi to skip school.
Fortunately, her friends at SMA 12 state senior high school in Surakarta helped her catch up with her studies.
“I want to continue my studies until university. I still want to study a subject related to sports,” she said.