Thai Fighters Kick Up Two More Olympics Medals

Panipak Wongpattanakit, at right, poses with her bronze medal along with other winning athletes on the podium for the women's Taekwondo 49kg final at the 2016 Summer Olympics today in Brazil. Photo: Andrew Medichini / Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two Thai athletes fought their way to silver and bronze medals in the Rio Games today, raising the country to the third rank in taekwondo.

Tawin Hanprab, 18, became the youngest Thai male taekwondo fighter to ever win an Olympic medal after securing his silver Thursday (Bangkok time). He was beat by Shuai Zhao of China 4-6 in the men’s 58-kilogram division

The taekwondo team also received its first bronze Wednesday from Panipak Wongpattanakit, 19, after she defeated Mexican athlete Itzel Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas, 15-3 in the women’s 49-kilogram division.

“This bronze is not the color I aimed for, but I’m also proud,” she said. “I devote it to my dad whom I have told I would one day bring him Olympics medal.”

Thailand’s taekwondo team is now rank the third in Olympics with one silver and one bronze, following only South Korea and China respectively.

Silver medalist Tawin Hanprab poses with the Thai flag after the competition today in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Photo: Matichon
Silver medalist Tawin Hanprab poses with the Thai flag after the competition today in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Photo: Matichon

 

The country is now at the 24th rank for overall status with six medals, four from weightlifting – two gold, one silver and one bronze – and two from taekwondo.

 

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