QQDewaSport | Anda tidak dapat mengetahui dari penampilannya, tetapi Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol sedang berjuang melawan cedera ketika dia menghadapi salah satu tantangan terberat dalam karir seni bela diri campurannya di ONE: FOR HONOR .
Namun, ia mengatasi kesulitan untuk mendapatkan keputusan dengan suara bulat melawan Juara Dunia Kun Khmer, Nou Srey Pov di kota asalnya, Jakarta, Indonesia, berkat kehadiran satu orang istimewa dalam hidupnya.
Untuk pertama kalinya, ibu “Thathie” berada di arena untuk menyaksikan putrinya berkompetisi di kandang.
“Ketika saya tahu bahwa ibu saya datang, saya sangat terkejut dan tidak bisa mempercayainya,” Lumban Gaol tersenyum.
“I thought it was impossible for my mother to watch my bout, because she rejected my invitation to attend when I was still at the hotel before the bout. She said that she would pray for my victory from home.
“Honestly, even though there is the ONE App and live broadcast on TV, she was always adamant about not watching my bouts, since she could not bear watching me being hit by my opponent.
“Then, when I finally found out she was there, I tried to remain calm and told myself that I should give my all for this bout. At the end of the match, when the judges announced that I won, I was extremely happy.”
As well as receiving added inspiration, Lumban Gaol revealed the presence of her mother also helped her block out the pain of an injury she had carried into the contest.
“I injured my left foot two days before the match, and I was worried that it would affect my performance,” she admits.
“But knowing that my mother was there, the pain suddenly went away, and I returned to my focus to win because I wanted to perform at my best, not get too beaten up, and win the bout for my mother.
“That was my main motivation to keep myself firm and do my best to secure my victory.”
“Thathie” would have kept her parents happy for most of the match as she controlled Srey Pov on the ground, and attacked with strikes and submissions.
However, her mother might have covered her eyes when the athletes went toe-to-toe in the final few seconds, although her daughter emerged relatively unscathed, and with her hand raised.
As well as dedicating her victory to her mother, Lumban Gaol said she hoped her victory would help inspire others.
“I dedicate this victory to inspire more people, especially women,” she adds.
“For all Indonesian women out there, they should not hesitate in pursuing their career as an athlete or champion, because all they have to do is remain disciplined and train hard. I believe they will achieve their own personal targets.
“I will have to maintain my lifestyle, as many [of the younger generation] will follow my example. I am humbled to be considered as the first woman who has the potential [of becoming a World Champion] from Indonesia.”
Lumban Gaol hopes that one day she can fulfill that potential and claim the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title, which is currently held by “Unstoppable” Angela Lee.
Dia mengakui ada pesaing lain di The Home Of Martial Arts di depannya sekarang, tetapi dia percaya bahwa jika dia bisa terus menang, dia akan mendapatkan kesempatan untuk bersaing untuk mendapatkan emas ketika waktunya tepat.
“Semua orang pasti ingin menjadi Juara Dunia. Jika para korek api ONE menilai bahwa saya sudah layak untuk pertarungan gelar, mengapa tidak? ”Katanya.
“Saya hanya bisa mempersiapkan diri dengan cara terbaik. Sebagai seorang atlet, kita harus siap kapan saja. Ada banyak elemen yang masih perlu saya tingkatkan, baik itu pada teknik saya atau kekuatan fisik saya.
“Namun, kita juga harus tetap percaya diri karena kita membawa nama negara kita, Indonesia, untuk memungkinkan bangsa kita tercinta memiliki Juara Dunia.”