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Jendi Pangabean



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Palembang, INA
Athlete, Public Servant

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Palembang, Indonesia.
Why this sport?
"I used to like swimming in the river back in my hometown in Muara Enim. After the accident, I left and went to Palembang to get a better life, where a friend introduced me to Para swimming and took me to a swimming club. I was grateful for the coach, Dirman, who owned the Lumban Tirta club and welcomed me. The training did not separate me from the other able-bodied swimmers, so I was motivating."
Club / Team
South Sumatra: Indonesia
Name of coach
Bhima Kautsar [national], INA; Dimin [national], INA

General interest

Aquaman (, 11 Oct 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning four medals at the 2012 National Paralympic Week in Riau, Indonesia, including a gold in the 100m backstroke. "Those medals were the beginning of what I have achieved now [in 2021]. I remember I sacrificed a lot, and trained very hard for more than two years to compete at that event. I also remember that at the time I wanted to show what I could achieve to those who underestimated me as an impaired person." (TVRI Sport YouTube channel, 08 Feb 2021; Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is my life." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Popular Individual Male Para Athlete at the 2018 Indonesian Sports Awards. (, 24 Nov 2018)

He carried the torch and ignited the cauldron at the opening ceremony of 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (, 07 Oct 2018)

In 2015 he received a sporting achievement award from the governor of South Sumatra, Indonesia. (, 10 Sep 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 31 Oct 2018)
At age 12 his left leg was amputated above the knee as the result of a motorcycle accident. "I was thrown off the motorcycle and my left leg was severely injured. I was conscious and saw my shattered leg. I lost so much blood that the doctor decided to amputate my left leg. I was initially doing fine with one leg, but I became more aware with my impairment in senior high. When I heard about Para swimming, I thought I could pursue that since swimming had always been my neighbourhood sport." (, 17 Jan 2021;, 17 Feb 2017; Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Other information
He left his economics and management studies course at Tridinanti University of Palembang, Indonesia, in order to pursue swimming. "I decided to quit in the second semester. My classes and swimming schedules were always colliding here and there. My parents might have been disappointed, but I was able to prove that I could achieve." (, 10 Dec 2019)

His life story and experience at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia was adapted into a 12-episode digital comic entitled 'Jendi' by CIAYO Comics. (, 24 Oct 2018)

He works as a civil servant at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Indonesia and had previously worked for the Office of Youth and Sports of South Sumatra. He also owns a rubber plantation in Palembang. (, 17 Jan 2021;, 19 May 2020;, 04 Oct 2018)


Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2015-07-13 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2016-09-16 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2017-12-04 6