goodmorningpapua.com – The National Sports Week (PON) XX will be the second PON for Margaretha Herawati with the Papuan contingent. He is an Asian score-breaking national athlete who has strengthened the Papuan contingent since PON XIX in West Java, in 2016.
The athlete who was born in Jakarta, October 20, 1988, started his sports career as a swimmer. He appeared for the first time at the Palembang PON celebration, in 2004 at the age of 14 and won a bronze medal in swimming. Retha (her nickname) also presented a silver medal while strengthening DKI Jakarta at the 2008 PON XVII in East Kalimantan.
“PON in Palembang in 2004 and PON in East Kalimantan in 2008, I still competed in swimming. In PON Riau in 2012 and beyond, I have competed in diving until now. I have joined in Papua since 2015 to prepare for the West Java PON until now,” said Retha to the media crew via WhatsApp message.
Retha also had time to strengthen Indonesia at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. At that time, Retha not only got success in presenting a gold medal. But also successfully broke the Asian record and was ranked 5th in the world in the 100 meter bifins number with a time speed of 50.81 seconds.
His good performance continues to captivate the Indonesian team. Retha was again included in the SEA Games squad in Laos, in 2009. In this event, Retha again contributed a gold medal for Indonesia and broke the SEA Games record in the 100 meter bifins.
“My first achievement in diving was at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam by breaking the Asian score while flying Indonesia Raya, and one month later, it was followed by breaking the 2009 SEA Games record in Laos,” said Retha.
In the PON event for diving, Retha’s achievements were also very brilliant. He was never absent from gaining gold in PON 2012 in Riau while strengthening the host, and PON 2016 in West Java while strengthening Papua.