Indonesian artistic gymnast athlete, Rifda Irfanaluthfi, successfully won a ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. / Photo: Instagram @rifda_irfanaluthfi
ANTWERP – Indonesian artistic gymnast athlete, Rifda Irfanaluthfi, successfully won a ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. He made history by becoming the first Indonesian gymnast to appear at the biggest sporting event in the world.
The 23-year-old gymnast is certain to appear at the 2024 Paris Olympics after receiving a reallocation quota from the hosts. In this way, he became the third athlete to qualify for the international event.
“The reallocation of the quota from the host country made Rifda Irfanaluthfi (Indonesia) secure a place (at the 2024 Olympics),” wrote a statement on the Olympics website, Tuesday (3/10/2023).
Rifda himself decided to be absent from the 2023 Asian Games because the schedules for the event and the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships clashed or took place simultaneously.
Therefore, the athlete who was born on October 16 1999 chose to go to Antwerp, Belgium, to take part in the world championships and left the Asian Games. This decision seems to have paid off, because thanks to his participation in that event, he succeeded in securing a place at the 2024 Olympics and making history.
Rifda’s success in qualifying for the Olympics made the Indonesian people proud. Another fellow Indonesian gymnast, Ammera Rahmajanni Hariadi, was also happy.
“Waiting for so long. Finally, after all the hard work you have done, you have succeeded, Sis. Very proud, history maker,” wrote Ammera on her personal Instagram account @ameeraaraa, Tuesday (3/10/2023).
Apart from Rifda, there are 14 other world gymnasts who secured individual quotas. They include Kaylia Nemour (Algeria), Pauline Schäfer (Germany), Alexa Moreno (Mexico), Filipa Martins (Portugal), Aleah Finnegan (Philippines), Lili Czifra (Hungary), Alba Petisco (Spain), Anna Lashchevksa (Ukraine) , Lena Bickel (Switzerland), Hillary Heron (Panama), Caitlin Rooskrantz (South Africa), Sona Artamonova (Czech), Lihie Raz (Israel) and Lucija Hribar (Slovenia).