Indonesia has indeed existed in the Olympics since 1952 in Helsinksi Finland. After only seven years of independence, at that time the Indonesian Team had to go home empty-handed.
It was only in 1988 that Indonesia first made history by winning the inaugural medal at the Olympics. The moment was like a turning point for Merah Putih. Because since then, Indonesia has always been successful in bringing home medals.
In its historical record, Indonesia only missed the Olympics twice, namely in Tokyo (1964) and Moscow (1980). Beyond that, the Indonesian team was never left behind to send its athletes to the biggest sports party on Earth.
To be able to achieve the first achievement at the Olympics, Indonesia must wait long enough. The 1988 Seoul Olympics, witnessed how Red and White first flew at the four-yearly multi-event.
It was the trio of archers Lilies Handayani, Nurfitriyana Saiman and Kusuma Wardhani who were the heroes of Indonesia in Seoul. All three managed to present a silver medal by dropping in the women’s team number.
Four years later at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Indonesia was blessed, with the first entry of badminton in the Olympics. At that time, Indonesia was known as one of the rulers of the world badminton map, along with China.
Not far from predictions, Indonesia also successfully carved a new history by first winning a gold medal. Amazingly, not just one but directly two medals. Two golds were presented by Alan Budi Kusuma (men’s singles) and Susi Susanti (women’s singles). Total at that time the Indonesian Team managed to bring home five medals from Spain (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze).
After the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the Indonesian Team was never absent to always offer a medal in each edition. What were Indonesia’s medal records during the Olympics? Here is the note:
Korea Selatan 1988
|Perak||Lilies Handayani, Nurfitriyana Saiman, Kusuma Wardhani||Memanah||Beregu Putri|
|Emas||Alan Budikusuma||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putra|
|Emas||Susy Susanti||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putri|
|Perak||Ardy B Wiranata||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putra|
|Perak||Eddy Hartono/Rudy Gunawan||Bulutangkis||Ganda Putra|
|Perunggu||Hermawan Susanto||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putra|
|Emas||Rexy Mainaky/Ricky Subagja||Bulutangkis||Ganda Putra|
|Perak||Mia Audina||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putri|
|Perunggu||Susy Susanti||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putri|
|Perunggu||Antonius Ariantho/Denny Kantono||Bulutangkis||Ganda Putra|
|Emas||Tony Gunawan/Candra Wijaya||Bulutangkis||Ganda Putra|
|Perak||Tri Kusharjanto/Minarti Timur||Bulutangkis||Ganda Campuran|
|Perak||Raema Lisa Rumbewas||Angkat Berat||Putri 48 Kg|
|Perunggu||Sri Indriyani||Angkat Berat||Putri 48 Kg|
|Perunggu||Winarni Binti Slamet||Angkat Berat||Putri 53 Kg|
|Emas||Taufik Hidayat||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putra|
|Perak||Raema Lisa Rumbewas||Angkat Berat||Putri 53 Kg|
|Perunggu||Eng Hian/Flandy Limpele||Bulutangkis||Ganda Putra|
|Perunggu||Sony Dwi Kuncoro||Bulutangkis||Tunggal Putra|
|Emas||Hendra Setiawan.Markis Kido||Bulutangkis||Ganda Putra|
|Perak||Nova Widianto/Lilyana Natsir||Bulutangkis||Ganda Campuran|
|Perunggu||Maria Kristin Yulianti||Bulutangkis||Tungga Putri|
|Perunggu||Eko Yuli Irawan||Angkat Berat||Putra 56 Kg|
|Perunggu||Triyatno||Angkat Berat||Putra 62 Kg|
|Perak||Triyatno||Angkat Berat||Putra 69 Kg|
|Perunggu||Eko Yuli Irawan||Angkat Berat||Putra 62 Kg|
|Emas||Tantowi/ Lilyana||Bulutangkis||Ganda Campuran|
|Perak||Sri Wahyuni||Angkat Berat||48 kg Putri|
|Perak||Eko Yuli Irawan||Angkat Berat||62 kg Putra|