Thai gold medallist returns home

Thai gold medallist returns home

Olympic champion Panipak Wongpattanakit shows her gold medal at Phuket airport on arrival from Tokyo on Monday, with national coach Choi Young-Seok, right. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)
Olympic champion Panipak Wongpattanakit shows her gold medal at Phuket airport on arrival from Tokyo on Monday, with national coach Choi Young-Seok, right. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

Taekwondo star Panipak Wongpattanakit arrived at Phuket airport with her Olympic gold medal on Monday morning.

The 23-year-old Olympic women's 49-kilogramme champion returned from Tokyo, landing at 9.25am. She and her companions were tested for Covid-19.

Her father and representatives of the government and the private sector were there to give her a very warm welcome.

Ms Panipak said she was most delighted by the reception.

"In Phuket, I want to enjoy good food. As for the future, I will take it step by step. As for the next Games in Paris [in 2024], I want to be there again if I am perfectly healthy," she said.

Her father said he was grateful for the support given by Thai people and he was glad his daughter had brought them happiness.

The Tourism and Sports Minister said Ms Panipak and her companions were invited to Phuket so that she would not have to be quarantined in a hotel room for 14 days.

The taekwondo athlete became an Olympic champion with a late kick in the women's 49kg final at the Tokyo Games on Saturday.

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Vocabulary

  • champion: winner; the winner of a sports competition - ผู้ชนะเลิศ, ผู้ที่ได้คะแนนสูงสุดในการแข่งขัน
  • companion: a person who travels who you or spends a lot of time with you - เพื่อน, เพื่อนเดินทาง
  • delighted: very happy or satisfied about something - ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
  • grateful: a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you - สำนึกบุญคุณ
  • medallist (noun): a person who has received a medal, usually for winning a competition in a sport - ผู้ได้รับเหรียญ
  • private sector: businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - ภาคเอกชน
  • representative: someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน
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