Sapto Yogo Purnomo carries the Indonesian flag after winning the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter dash in the T37 ASEAN Para Games 2022 at Manahan Stadium, Solo, Central Java, Monday (1/8/2022). BETWEEN PHOTOS/Mohammad Ayudha/tom.
Sapto Yogo Purnomo will be the mainstay of the Indonesian contingent at the 2023 Asian Games in Athletics. He will use his experience of winning a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics as capital to gain medals.
Behind this proud achievement, Sapto Yogo is known to have a heart-wrenching story. He said that when he was three months old, he admitted that he had experienced pain (high fever) for a week which caused him to have convulsions.
After recovering, it was discovered that Sapto had a nerve problem, cerebral palsy. The right side of his body cannot move normally.
Even though he experiences limitations, Sapto is not inferior. He actually used his shortcomings to make achievements. Even when he learned about this condition, he was determined to allocate talent to the world of running specifically for the disabled.
It has been proven that Sapto has managed to amaze the world through his proud achievements in international events since 2017. Most recently, Sapto has just won silver and bronze in world-class events in Paris leading up to the 2024 Paralympics.
Sapto himself started playing athletics at the age of 16, sprinting. He once won five gold medals while performing at the 2016 National Paralympic Week (Peparnas), Bandung.
The five medals were won in five different events, namely the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 4×100 meter relay race, 4×400 meter relay race and long jump. It didn’t stop there, Sapto also made his mark at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games.
At that time he managed to win two gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter running events. Not only that, Sapto was also able to win silver in the long jump.