Boxer Kaew Pongprayoon gave Thai fans something to celebrate during the London Olympics with fine performance which won him a place in the light-flyweight quarter-finals.
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For fans who didn't stay up last night, you can see the full bout on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sypyEX-BEsI&feature=g-all-u (The fight starts at about the 32 minute mark.)
Colourful and loud Thai fans celebrate the announcement of Kaew Pongprayoon's victory over Carlos Quipo of Ecuador.
Something to celebrate
Hungarian referee Veronika Szucs raises Kaew's arm in victory.
Thai fans have not had a lot to celebrate during the London Olympics, so they made the most of a fine performance by boxer Kaew Pongprayoon
They turned out in large numbers to loudly cheer on their fellow countryman who won a place in the light-flyweight quarter-finals by defeating Carlos Quipo of Ecuador.
Kaew won all three rounds by narrow margins: 2-1, 3-2 and 5-3 for a 10-6 cumulative victory. All three rounds were active, but with the emphasis on defence, the scores were low.
Kaew, 32, has made the best of last chance for Olympic glory.
He scored a one-sided victory over Mohamed Flissi of Egypt in his first bout, winning by a score of 19-11.
Kaew next faces Aleksandar Aleksandrov of Bulgaria on Thursday at 3:15am.
A win on Thursday will assure Kaew of a bronze medal. It will take another win after that next Sunday morning to win the gold.
Against the 22-year-old Quipo, the Thai came out in full defensive mode, picking his places carefully to try to get inside with decisive punches.
Kaew Pongprayoon tries to jam a left hand through the guard of Carlos Quipo of Ecuador on his way to a comfortable win and a spot in the quarter-finals on Thursday. REUTERS
Quipo, the Panamerican Games champion last year, was clearly frustrated by his inability to penetrate Kaew's defences. He was warned frequently by the female Hungarian referee Veronika Szucs to stop grabbing and trying to bend Kaew over.
Quipo attacked fiercely in the third round but again was simply unable to break through Kaew's hands-and-elbows guard to score, either to the head or the body.
Kaew hung back, letting Quipo take the lead and then countering with, mostly, body punches. The 5-3 third-round score exactly doubled the scoring punches of the first two rounds.
Adapted from an online Bangkok Post story
celebrate – to do something enjoyable in order to show that an occasion or event is special ฉลอง
performance – the standard to which someone does something การกระทำ, การแสดง, การทำให้บรรลุผลสำเร็จ
fellow countryman – a person who is from the same country as someone else เพื่อนร่วมชาติ
quarter-finals – competitions between the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
defeat – to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition ชนะ, ปราบ
narrow – achieved with difficulty, in a way that shows how close the result was หวุดหวิด
margin – the amount by which a competition is won จำนวนที่เกิน
cumulative – increasing by one addition after another สะสมขึ้น
emphasis – special importance or attention that is given to one thing in particular การเน้นย้ำ
defence – protecting somebody/something from attack การป้องกัน, การต้าน, การ พิทักษ์
glory – admiration and praise that you get because you have done something impressive ความมีชื่อเสียง, ความรุ่งเรือง
one-sided (of a competition) a situation where one competitor or team easily defeats another ชนะอย่างง่ายได้
bout – a boxing or wrestling match การแข่งขัน
assure – make certain ทำให้แน่ใจ
mode – a particular way of doing something; a particular type of something แบบ, วิธีการ
decisive – strong; firm ซึ่งเด็ดเดี่ยว
punch – a hard hit made with the fist (= closed hand) การชก, การต่อย
jam – to push something somewhere with a lot of force อัด,ยัด,เบียด
frustrated – feeling annoyed and impatient because you are prevented from achieving something ผิดหวัง,ท้อแท้ใจมาก, หงุดหงิดใจ
inability – being unable to do something การขาดความสามารถ, การไร้ความสามารถ
penetrate – to go into or through something แทรกซึมเข้าไป, ผ่านเข้าไป, ทะลุเข้าไป
warn – to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger เตือน
frequently – happening often บ่อยๆ
referee – a person who is in charge of a sports game and who makes certain that the rules are followed ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการตัดสิน
grab – to take or hold somebody/something with your hand suddenly, firmly or roughly จับ,ฉวย,คว้า,แย่ง
bend – to cause something to curve ทำให้โค้ง
fiercely – very strongly อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างดุเดือด
elbow – the part in the middle of your arm where it bends ข้อศอก
counter – to stop an attack and begin a quick attack of your own โต้กลับ
hang back – to not go forward and to wait instead
double – to become twice as big, twice as much or twice as many เพิ่มเป็นสองเท่า