Indonesia's Riders Earn Bronze-Later Annulled

Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post, Doha 
 
A year of intense preparations should had finally paid off when Indonesia's men's equestrian team brought home the bronze medal in the team jumping Friday.
 
Unfortunately, the medal that had already being handed over to the Indonesian team was annulled after the Indian equestrian team raised an objection with the organizers over the different shoe accessories worn by the Indonesian riders. 
 
"Since yesterday, the Indian team has been busy making trouble for us and seeking a way to win the bronze. They protested to the ground jury over the use of different shoe accessories by Indonesians," Indonesian team manager Lina Arto Hardy said. 
 
"They were able to do so even though the ground jury had previously allowed us to use the accessories. Our medal was annulled by the organizers." 
 
"We are now preparing our defense. We will fight to get our medal back," she said, adding that the meeting would be scheduled for Friday night in Doha or early Saturday in Jakarta. 
 
National Sports Council deputy chairperson Rita Subowo said Indonesia would submit an official protest to the organizers as the medal ceremony had taken place, thus there should not be any problem with the results. 
 
"We are drafting the protest letter. Wish us luck. The bronze should be ours," she said. 
 
Before being revised by the organizers, the national team -- comprising of Asep Lesmana, Dikie ardiyanto, Endarjanto Bambang Sumarsono and Andry Prasetyono -- posted the third lowest total faults of 230.20 penalty points, behind host Qatar, who won the gold with 182.30 penalty points. 
 
Trailing in second place was Japan with 204.10. 
 
After the revision, Indonesia slumped to fourth place with a total of 214.20 penalties, while India took third place with a slight gap of 212.90. 
 
The number of participating countries was reduced to six from seven after South Korea pulled out of the competition, following the death of its rider Kim Hyung Chil during Thursday's cross country event. 
 
Being a debutant, the Indonesian team -- who sent the athletes and horses at the national equestrian federation's expense -- relied mostly on Endarjanto, riding Aswatama Frankie Jay, and Dikie on Aswatama R-Jay. 
 
Endarjanto on his four-star horse made a perfect jump Friday, to compensate for Thursday's slump of 70.70 in penalties as Frankie Jay was off track. 
 
"I am pleased with my performance today. It was very good. I got zero penalty points," the 35-year-old rider said after his showing. "The course was easy and there were no distance problems." 
 
The Bandung-born rider has made dazzling achievements this year, including finishing first at the World Dressage Challenge Advanced Class and runner-up of the World Dressage Challenge Prix St. Georges, both in November. 
 
Endarjanto, however, had to be satisfied with 18th place in the individual jumping despite his impressive dressage showing on the first day when he finished third. 
 
Dikie and horse R-Jay also managed to get the least jump penalty points, or 8 faults in the jumping section to make him the best among the Indonesians with 70.10 in total penalties. 
 
The 22-year old -- who finished third in CIC Coffs Harbour Australia in May, third in the CIC Bertima Horse Trial in April and second in Novice World Dressage Challenge in November -- was ninth in the individual jumping event. 
 
Meanwhile, Andry, riding Aswatama Sportzgirl, improved on Thursday's performance by only making eight jump penalties to bring a total of 89.40 penalty points. 
 
The 2006 Southeast Asian World Jumping Challenge champion flopped in his cross-country section Thursday with 25 jump penalties. 
 
Andry took 17th place out of 26 participants. 
 
Meanwhile, Asep on Aswatama Nottage H ruined his showing throughout the three-day event with 105.40 total penalties. He finished 22nd. 
 



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