Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 05:14 WIB

Ni Nengah Widiasih, para powerlifting athlete
Apologizing – breaking a record,
winning a gold


Ni Negha Widiasih
Ni Negha Widiasih. (Source: NPC INDONESIA)

Widiasih was born and raised in Karangasem, Bali. She lost use of her legs at the age of four and started using a wheelchair. When she was in sixth grade, she started living in a dormitory run by the Foundation for the Development of Children with Disabilities (Yayasan Pembinaan Anak Disabilities). Her daily expenses were covered by the foundation, and, starting from high school, her education was financed through scholarships. 

By 2012, she was in the second grade of high school. 

On the advice of her brother, fellow weightlifter I Gede Suantaka, Widiasih took up weightlifting. She started training four to five times a week. In 2008, she won a bronze medal at the ASEAN ParaGames in Nakhon Ratchasima, while the following year she received a silver medal at the Olympics in Kuala Lumpur. She also won medals at national level competitions in Surakarta and Bali, competing in the 40 kilogram class. 

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Widiasih competed in the 2011 ASEAN ParaGames, held in Surakarta in December, after her class was nearly cut by the referee as “illegitimate”. She set a record for the 40 kilogram class, lifting 87 kilograms (191.8 pounds) after failing to lift 80 kilograms (176.4 pounds) in an earlier attempt; the previous record was 85 kilograms (187.4 pounds). This effort also earned her a gold medal. (rp)


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