Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila wins first gold in possible Paralympic triple crown

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Leani Ratri Oktila wins debut gold alongside Sadiyah Khalimatus in the women’s doubles SL3-SU5; three-time world champion set to compete in singles and mixed doubles finals on Sunday 5 September in bid for historic Paralympic treble at Tokyo 2020

Leani Ratri Oktila has won the first of a possible Paralympic triple crown after a 2-0 win over People’s Republic of China alongside teammate Sadiyah Khalimatus at the Yoyogi National Stadium.

The top-ranked Indonesian duo produced a scintillating display against CHENG Hefang and MA Huihui to claim the first Paralympic gold medal in the category with a 21-18 21-12 win lasting 32 minutes.

“We reached our maximum potential today,” Oktila said. “We made the minimum amount of errors. I’m very happy about our performance. It’s Khalimatus' birthday [on 17 September] so I wanted to do my best for both of us.”

Oktila, 30, and her 21-year-old teammate embraced in tears at the end after navigating their way past Thailand, Japan and France without dropping a single set on their way to Saturday’s final.

“This is the Paralympics and my first time competing at the Paralympics. I always say that I want to show my best in Indonesia colours, to give my all for Indonesians.”

However there will be no late-night celebration for Oktila who will come face-to-face with CHENG Hefang once again, this time in the women’s singles SL4 gold medal match on Sunday before she takes to the court to play against France in the mixed doubles final later in the afternoon.

“I’m playing in three events and I have to conserve energy for all the matches that I will play,” she added.