Stroke Towards The Glory
In addition to athletics, swimming is one of the sports that provide many medals in every sporting event, both nationally and internationally. One of the swimmers that Indonesia relied on from swimming was I Gede Siman Sudartawa. The man who was born on September 8th, 1994 was the winner of 8 SEA Games gold medals, since 2011.
Siman has been struggling quite hard to achieve his dream of becoming a swimmer. Siman’s success in becoming Indonesia’s mainstay cannot be separated from the struggle of his parents Ni Made Sri Kardini and I Ketut Sudartawa. The two continued to make sacrifices so that Siman could practice and compete before becoming an accomplished athlete.
In addition to the regional sector, Siman has a decent record in the world arena. In the FINA World Swimming Championships held in Budapest, Hungary, July 14-30, 2017, the swimmer who graduated in Management at Perbanas Institute Jakarta was able to put himself in the 50m semi-final backstroke. This achievement has become a history for Indonesia because the man who was born in Klungkung is the first Indonesian swimmer to qualify for the World Swimming Championship semifinals.
The foster child of a former national swimmer, Albert C. Sutanto, he knows about swimming since he was in elementary school. In addition to not wanting to lose to his peers, Siman who initially hated the water try to start swimming practice to get high posture. Slowly, this exercise started to have result because he started to try various regional tournaments from regional to the national level.
The success of winning 4 gold at the 2011 SEA Games made Siman a chance to bring the Red and White flag when defending the Indonesian contingent in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics London of 2012, July 27, 2012. In addition to face the Asian Games 2018, Siman and several of his colleagues are being prepared for the 2020 Olympics.