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Despite being somewhat of an unknown athlete, Sarengat broke the record for the most prestigious athletics event, the 100-meter run, and became an icon of the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. His two gold medals and one bronze medal raised Indonesia to second place in the total medal count, Indonesia’s best finish in this competition held every four years. To date, no Indonesian athletics athlete has equalled Sarengat’s medal count in the Asian Games. His star continued to shine ever after he hung up his running shoes. He joined the Indonesian Army as a doctor and was appointed to the vice president’s medical team. He became an official of the All-Indonesia Athletics Association and the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI). He returned to the Senayan sports complex at the end of his career.
After winning two gold medals in the Asian Games, Sarengat faced difficult living circumstances. The poor state of his life as an athlete led him to focus on becoming a doctor in the military.
Sarengat was chosen as the private physician of Hamengku Buwono IX and Adam Malik. He spent most of his time working in and outside the country.