LILIES HANDAYANI, NURFITRIYANA SAIMAN & KUSUMA WARDHANI
Born: April 15, 1965, Surabaya, March 7, 1962, Jakarta and February 20, 1964, Makassar respectively
This trio won Indonesia’s first ever Olympic medal: a silver in women’s team archery at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Indonesia had first participated in the Olympics in 1952 but had to wait for 36 years to taste success. Lilies, Yana and Kusuma became unofficial national heroes. They attributed their success to long practice and good coaching. Lilies later became a coach and opened an archery school in Surabaya. Yana also became a coach, while Kusuma headed the Education, Youth and Sports Office of Bali. The three were the subject of a 2016 biopic, 3 Srikandi (3 Heroines), which verges into soap opera schmaltz in portraying the struggles and dreams of Indonesian female athletes in the 1980s.