One of Southeast Asia’s most successful nationals at the Olympics with 27 medals, of which six are gold, Indonesia has been a regular at the Olympics ever since making its debut at the Helsinki Games in 1952.
Although the trio of Lilies Handayani, Nurfitriyana Saiman and Kusuma Wardhani won the country’s maiden medal in archery’s women’s team even in 1988 in Seoul, each of Indonesia’s Olympic gold medals were won on the badminton courts.
The first of those were in Barcelona in 1992, thanks to the prowess of Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma the women’s and men’s singles competitions, victories that sparked a run of badminton golds in each of the following Games, excluding London 2012.
Badminton and archery once again represents Indonesia’s best chance of medals in Rio de Janeiro, although much is expected of the country’s seven weightlifters competing in Brazil.
Additionally, Indonesia have sent athletes competing in track and field, BMX, rowing and swimming to Rio.
Athletes participating in Rio:
Archery: Riau Ega Agatha, Hendra Purnama, Muhammad Wijaya, Riau Ega Agatha, Ika Yuliana Rochmawati.
Athletics: Sudirman Hadi, Maria Natalia Londa
Badminton: Tommy Sugiarto, Mohammad Ahsan, Hendra Setiawan, Ika Yuliana Rochmawati, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, Greysia Polii, Tontowi Ahmad, Liliyana Natsir, Praveen Jordan, Debby Susanto.
Cycling: Toni Syarifudin
Rowing: La Memo, Dewi Yuliawati
Swimming: Glenn Sutanto, Yessy Yosaputra
Weightlifting: Eko Yuli Irawan, Muhammad Hasbi, Deni, Triyatno, I Ketut Ariana, Sri Wahyuni Agustiani, Dewi Safitri