Gold Medal for Diffable Athletes
2016 DIFFABLE GAME
Priyano’s vigor diminished after his left arm was cut off by a running fan belt of the ship’s engine while he was at work. Yet, the accident 12 years ago revealed the mystery of his life.
Priyano’s life totally changed after his arm cut off in 2004. He kept regretted his weak stand that made him slipped and caused his left arm cut off by the fan belt of a catching boat.
The brief moment yet very hurtful kept haunting him for two years. The 180 cm tall well built youth kept staying at his room, regretting his fate. He buried all his dreams.
However, the young man, born in Cilacap 33 years ago, found his own way to get up. One day in 2006, he was offered by a social office apparatus to attend a rehabilitation program at the Dr Soeharso Diffable Social Rehabilitation Office in Solo, Central Java.
Initially, Priyano attended a computer training. Then, he opted sports for diffable athlete. He tried to get training for discus and short put throwing.
“Since having the athletic training, I regain my confidence,” he said, after grabbing a gold medal for short put throw during the 2016 Diffable Games in West Java on Sunday (16/10).
After two years training, Priyano who was blessed with special physical condition, grabbed gold medal during the 2008 National Diffable Games (Peparnas) in East Kalimantan.
Since then, Priyano was undefeatable at national level. During the 2016 Peparnas, Priyano grabbed a medal for his 43.18 meters throw, much longer than the silver medalist Chairul from North Sumatra with 28.29 meters.
In Southeast Asia, Priyano did not have qualified rivals for F46 classification (upper organ limitation). Unfortunately, at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games in Singapore, the F46 discus throw was not featured. “May in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia, my specialization sport be featured,” said the father of Abdullah Faqih (2).
The hurdle in Southeast Asia did not deter Priyano. He sought higher level of challenges.
His discipline to train won him a gold medal for discus throw during the 2016 Asia-Oceania Athletic Games in March in Dubai. He topped the Asia-Oceania rankings with 42.39 meters throw. His achievement put him in the second place worldwide below German athlete Phil Grolla with 44.09 meters throw. “Now my big target is to grab gold medal in 2018 Asian Para Games. I want to make 45 meters throw,” said Priyano, who was recruited as a civil servant at the Education and Sport Office in Cilacap, Central Java, in 2009.
Wagiyo also experienced mysterious life. The gold medalist in the 400 meters men’s track T44 classification at the 2016 Peparnas started his life as a newspaper seller. In 2008-2009 he sold newspapers at an intersection in Sumber, Solo.
“After Subuh dawn prayer, I jog, take a bath, pick the newspapers and sell them at the intersection. I can buy ‘nasi kucing’ [small portion of rice with topping] and lunch with tempeh or tofu or cracker. The vendor is familiar with my menu,” Wagiyo, 27, said.
Wagiyo’s routine jogging has helped him, who has limited upper organ movement, to join the Garuda UNS athletic club in early 2009.
Wagiyo focused on having a running training after joining the training center in early 2010. Since six years ago, he was highly motivated to make an achievement.
“One thing that makes me in high spirit is the message from my mother, ‘Chase what you want while you can’. I always remember that,” said Wagiyo, who will fight for gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games.
Papuan youth Dapie Bayage also never thought the muscles of his legs that were used to pedal pedicab could take him win gold medals. The Papuan born in Wamena 21 years ago has his left leg not fully developed. He pedaled the pedicab using his right leg.
Yet, his trained leg leads him to grab gold medal on high jump for F42 classification at 2016 Peparnas. He made 160 cm jump, beating the champion Tatag Sugiyono from Central Java with 155 cm.
“I trained on Hamadi Beach in Jayapura. Because I did have the equipment, I used bamboos as the poles and plastic rope,” Dapie said, giggled.
Dapie did not care about the limited equipment. He believed there would be a way if there were a high spirit. Dapie tried to have a place in the national training so that he could represent Indonesian in Southeast Asia and Asia events.
Dapie and diffable athletes had found the secret of their lives. Now, they fill their lives with achievement.