The UGM Karate INKAI Student Activity Unit has swept 20 medals at the Magelang International Karate Championship held on September 15-16, 2023, in Magelang.
With these 20 medals, UGM’s Karate team secured the eighth position out of 66 contingents from four countries in Asia. The participating countries in this competition were India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
“We are grateful that UGM’s Karate was able to bring home 20 medals from this competition, including two gold, seven silver, and 11 bronze medals,” said the Karate Chair, Afina Putri, on Wednesday (September 20).
The chair mentioned that 919 athletes attended the competition. UGM fielded 26 athletes competing in 14 categories and managed to win 20 medals. The gold medals were won by Annisa Lia Qur’ani in the senior individual kata for women and Athifah Ramadhani in the U21 kumite -55kg for women.
Alisyah Tazkia Hidayat achieved the silver medals in the U21 individual kata for women, Aufa Raja’ Sukmaaji in the U21 kumite -67kg for men, Bagas Pujangkoro in the U21 kumite -84kg for men, Fidelia Dwipuspita Purwachya in the U21 kumite -68kg for women, Inggid Aida Cahyani in the U21 kumite +68kg for women, Afina Putri Kusumadewi in the senior kumite -68kg for women, and Afif Sulthon Fauzi in the U21 kumite -60kg for men.
The bronze medals were earned by Alvitoabhista Pangestu in the U21 individual kata for men, Shafa Aura Yogadiasa in the U21 individual kata for women, Annisa Nur Kholifah in the senior kumite -55kg for women, Chikita Handriana in the U21 kumite -55kg for women, and Shabrina Farrastsyany in the senior individual kata for women and the senior kumite -61kg for women, Alyssa Najwa Yuliano in the senior kumite -50kg for women, Maryuweni Susetyorini in the senior kumite -50kg for women, Daru Nakhiila Putri in the senior kumite -68kg for women, Abel Duanda Refa in the senior kumite -75kg for men, and Josua Irvanahabeahan in the U21 kumite -55kg for men.
Chair Afina Putri expressed that this achievement resulted from the dedication of the UGM Karate team during training. Despite having a relatively short preparation time starting from August 14, 2023, they achieved good results with intensive training thrice a week.
“With a preparation time that can be considered quite short and often interrupted by academic commitments, the results are quite good now. However, we are not satisfied and will continue to prepare and evaluate ourselves for the next championship,” Putri stated.
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