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Thailand's newest Paralympic champion says that at 38-years-"young" and two gold medals, she's not finished.

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Saysunee Jana in action on her way to the Paralympic epee gold medal. AFP


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Saysunee says London gold not enough, aims for Rio 2016

Saysunee with her gold medal. AFP

Thailand's newest Paralympic champion says that at 38-years-"young" and two gold medals, she's not finished.

Fencer Saysunee Jana won Thailand's third gold medal of the 2012 Paralympic Games by defeating Germany's Simone Briese-Baetke 15-8 in the women's epee category B final.

"I now aim to win gold at Rio 2016," Saysunee said after claiming the second gold medal of her career on Wednesday night.

The Chiang Mai star took gold in the foil event at Athens 2004 and was third in the epee competition at Beijing 2008.

She is still Thailand's only female Paralympic champion.

Her most difficult match in London was against Hong Kong's Chan Yui Chong in the semi-finals. Chan rallied to tie 14-14 before the Thai scored the winning point for a thrilling 15-14 win.

Saysunee, whose legs were paralysed in a motorcycle accident 21 years ago and once contemplated commiting suicide, has been unbeatable over the past several years, winning her last 12 tournaments.  So why quit now?

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post.

epee fencing – a version of fencing (การฟันดาบ) with the sword having a heavier and stiffer blade
fencer – a competitor in the sport of fencing (การฟันดาบ)
defeat – to win a victory over someone in a competition, fight, or war ชนะ, ปราบ
category – a group having similar qualities ประเภท
aim – to have as your purpose or goal   มีเป้าหมาย  มีจุดมุ่งหมาย      
claim – to win something มีชัยชนะ
foil fencing – a version of fencing (การฟันดาบ) with the sword having a thinner blade than epee fencing
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
semi-finals (or semifinals) – the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition  การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ
rally – to improve and start to play well after playing badly ฟื้นตัว
tie – having the same number of points, rank, etc. ได้แต้มหรือคะแนนเท่ากัน
thrilling – very exciting ทำให้ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ, เขย่าขวัญ
paralysed – caused to be unable to move ทำให้เป็นอัมพาต
contemplate – to think about whether you should do something, or how you should do something พิจารณา, คิด
suicide – the action of deliberately killing yourself การฆ่าตัวตาย
unbeatable – impossible to defeat; invincible ไม่มีทางแพ้, หาใครเทียบไม่ได้
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน

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