The opportunity for the Indonesian beach volleyball team to advance to the quarter-finals at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina is quite large. That was after the junior beach volleyball pair namely Danang Herlambang and Bintang Akbar achieved success in the preliminary round when they met heavy opponents from Venezuela.
In the final match of the qualifying round, Danang and Bintang knocked out the Venezuelan team’s resistance with two straight sets 2-0. In the first round, the pairs won 21-14 points, while in the second half they were increasingly fierce with 21-11 points. With that result, Danang and his pair won the pool F by collecting 6 full points after winning three consecutive wins.
That achievement exceeds expectations. Because, Danang and Bintang have minimal experience competing abroad. They recorded only two international championships.
First, when participating in the YOG selection at the Asian U-19 Championship which was held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand and won the championship. Second, they get ticket to compete in the World Championship in Nanjing, China. At that time both were able to rank fifth in the world.
Henceforth, Bambang Eko Suhentara’s care team went into the last 16, Danang / Bintang against Swedish pair David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig. Indonesia’s chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals are quite large. The team from Sweden Ahman / Hellvig once lost once against the German team at Pool C. It made them have to pass the playoffs before being in the last 16. Luckily they won 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 15-9) against the French team.
On the results, the coach of YOG 2018 Volleyball team said that he was very optimistic that his foster children could penetrate the next round and could give the best results for Indonesia before returning to their homeland.
“We are optimistic that we can provide the best for Indonesia. If you say, all opponents are heavy because this is the best Olympics. Only 32 participating countries were taken, “Wawan said from prokal.co on Monday (10/15/18).
According to Wawan, since the arrival of the team in Argentina, his team had no problems, meaning that only the weather adjustments reached 13 to 16 degrees Celsius in the city of Buenos Aires.
“Only weather constraints reach 13 to 16 degrees Celsius,” said the coach from East Java.
Until now, Indonesia has only won one bronze which was presented by Nur Vinatasari from the weightlifting sport. Lifter, 17, climbed to the third podium after posting a total of 162 kg. With snatch 72 kg details, and clean and jerk 90 kg. While Indonesia’s target this time must be more than one bronze.