After waiting a decade, former Indonesian lifter wins Olympic silver

Former Indonesian lifter Citra Febrianti couldn’t hold back tears of joy after officially receiving the 2012 London Olympic silver medal reallocation.

Citra’s decade-long struggle was finally realized when IOC member Erick Thohir presented the London Olympics silver medal. The ceremony coincided with the celebration of Olympic Day at the East Plaza, Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Senayan, Jakarta today (18/9).

“Citra is our proud athlete. With struggle, I am grateful that I can now win silver at the right moment, the celebration of Olympic Day,” said Erick after draping the silver medal to Citra.

Citra is a former Indonesian lifter who dropped in the women’s 53 kg at the 2012 London Olympics. At that time, she recorded a total lift of 206 kg, the result of a snatch of 91 kg and a clean and jerk of 115 kg.

She was reallocated silver medal after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that gold medalist Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan and bronze winner Cristina Iovu of Moldova had tested positive for doping at the London Olympics. The withdrawal of the two medals occurred in 2016.

Indonesia then fought for the right of image. Until finally Citra got a rank increase and was declared entitled to a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

“This means that this determination is a history for Indonesian sports, especially weightlifting because our female lifters have succeeded in maintaining the medal tradition at the Olympics, the highest multi-sport event in the world,” said Chairman of the Indonesian Sports Committee Raja Sapta Oktohari.

“Of course this is a big milestone for our sport. So after receiving the IOC letter, we immediately coordinated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports so that Citra was also entitled to a bonus. And grateful, the bonus has been received worth Rp 400 million in December 2020. This also proves the government’s seriousness towards the achievements of our athletes,” added Okto.

Citra with tears in her eyes thanked all those who had helped so that she got the right to reallocate the London Olympics silver medal.

“The struggle was not enough in 2012. There is still another struggle to get this medal, for 10 years. I am very grateful,” said Citra.

“Thank you very much again to KOI for submitting the report which has finally been well received and processed as soon as possible. I didn’t think it could finally be processed, finally after a long struggle,” he added.

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