The Covid-19 pandemic has not been an obstacle for this Indonesian Team athlete to break the national record. Not just one, but three at once.
It was the Elysha Chloe swimmer who immediately managed to break three national records in one month during the pandemic. Elysha’s three new records are in the 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke when appearing at the 2020 McDonald’s QLD Short Course Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Center, Australia, 26-27 September 2020.
Meanwhile, Elysha has also broken another record. is the 50 meter breaststroke, at the 2020 Speedo Short Course Meet, which was also held at the Brisbane Aquatic Center last August.
At 100 meters breaststroke, Elysha successfully recorded a time of 1 minute 10.56 seconds. He broke the record previously held by Ressa Kania Dewi with 1 minute 10.57 seconds. In addition to registering a new record, he also won a silver medal in that number.
Meanwhile, at 200 meter breaststroke, the 15 year old athlete won 2 minutes 37.56 seconds. That time immediately broke the record previously held by Felicia Chandra for the last 14 years.
In the previous August, another record was set by Elysha. At the 2020 Speedo Short Course Meet Championship, still in the same place on August 29, 2020. Elysha made a record at 50 meters breaststroke, with a record time of 33.12 seconds. He successfully surpassed the record that had been owned by Margareta Kretadani, with a time of 33.61 seconds that was set in 2013 at the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in Incheon, South Korea.
In order to achieve this proud achievement, Elysha, who is now training in Australia, stated that she had not been able to train for 10 weeks, because she had to follow the independent quarantine policy of the authority in the Kangaroo Country.
“In this difficult time, honestly I am quite down and reflect a lot on my future. When I started training again, I felt very heavy and I really had to start all over again, ”said Elysha, as quoted by Antaranews.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of PB PRSI Harlin Rahardjo stated that Elysha has been on his radar since the beginning, starting from the arena of Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship, to Southeast Asia level. In his view, there is an opportunity for Elysha to enter the Indonesian national team in the SEA Games, even though she is currently still a junior.
“Looking at theSEA Games 2021, PRSI is focused on regeneration. Second tier swimmers are starting to appear and the results are starting to show. Hopefully the results from Elysha can inspire other Indonesian junior swimmers to move up to a higher level,” said Harlin.