Defeating Senior Kempo Opponents, UNAIR Athlete Wins Bronze in PON XIX

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Ilham Nauval during a match of National Games XIX West Java from September 25 – 28 in Sasana Budaya Ganesha. (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – Making achievements made should make ones proud.  Ilham Nauval, a student of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) experienced it as he made it in winning a bronze in Kempo.

Ilham never thought that he would be able to do it, to get a medal for East Java. “It makes me really happy. I never thought about it. Especially from Kempo and I was the only one who get medal from East Java,” said Ilham.

PON XIX West Java was his first chance to participate. During matches, Ilham said that he faced a lot more experienced fighters than him.

“I got really nervous during matches as it was my first PON. And the opponents in my class were mostly regulars. It means they have been in PON even SEA (South East Asian) Games for few times. The previous PON champion participated too,” said Ilham.

Ilham Nauval (dua dari kanan) berhasil memperoleh medali perunggu di ajang PON XIX Jabar. (Foto: Istimewa)
Ilham Nauval (two from the right) getting a bronze in PON XIX West Java. (Photo: Special)

Nevertheless, Ilham kept optimistic and believes in his own skills. His optimism and confidence during matches brought him to success in getting a bronze for East Java.

Asked about his preparation, Ilham said that he has prepared for two years. The training intensity was improved for the last year as the competition getting closer.

“I prepared myself physically, technically and mentally. All three must support each other,” said Ilham which competed in Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Jabar. (*)

Author : Defrina Sukma S.
Editor    : Binti Q. Masruroh

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