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Rizal Bagus Saktyono

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T47, F46

Further personal information

Languages
English, Indonesian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics in 2015 in Jawa Tengah, Indonesia.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to a National Paralympic Committee [NPC] Indonesia official who then took him to a training camp. "I was trained for three months and eventually began competing."
Club / Team
Central Java: Indonesia

General interest

Hobbies
Sports. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the T45/46/47 200m at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Other information
HUMBLE BEGINNING
His father passed away when he was in the second grade of school. He then spent much of his childhood helping his mother sell home-made eucalyptus oil to support the family. "I know very well what it is like to have a hard time in life. So I was very motivated to become successful since elementary school. But, at first I thought, look at me, what can I do? When I found out about sport, I began to see a future." (medcom.id, 09 Oct 2018)

TOPKNOT
He painted his topknot red at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. "I was not targeting medals. I know my competitors are Asian champions. So, I needed a boost of confidence. Red symbolises bravery, for me it also means to live [winning] or die [trying]. When I saw the finish line, I was exhausted and began losing power, but then I heard the crowd yell, 'Indonesia!', it made me take every breath that I had left to go for the finish line." He ended up winning a silver medal in the 200m T47 sprint. (jawapos.com, 09 Oct 2018; bola.com, 09 Oct 2018)