Thais take silver, bronze in taekwondo
published : 18 Aug 2016 at 10:36
updated: 18 Aug 2016 at 10:39
RIO DE JANEIRO - Thai taekwondo fighters won two medals Thursday (Thailand time) in flyweight matches, to assure the nation of its best showing ever at the modern Olympics.
Tawin Hanprab lost a close under-58kg decision to champion Zhao Shuai of China to win Thailand's second silver medal of the Rio 2016 Games.
And Panipak Wongpattanakit, a former world champion, finished the Olympics day when she outclassed Itzel Manjarrez of Mexico 15-3 to win inside the distance for a bronze.
Kim So-hui of South Korea, a double world champion, narrowly beat Panipak in the semi-finals and then prevailed over European champion Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia 7-6 to win the women's under-49kg gold medal.
Thailand finished the day with two medals as Panipak Wongpattanakit, a former world champion, outclassed Itzel Manjarrez of Mexico 15-3 to win inside the distance for the other bronze.
Korea, normally the dominant force in taekwondo, also ended the day with two medals after two-time world champion Kim Tae-hun denied Mexico a bronze, beating Carlos Navarro 7-5 in the men's under-58kg division.
Thailand has two gold medals, two silver and two bronze for its best-ever Olympics performance. The country is 24th overall, an unprecedented place for Thailand in the standings.
The medal hunt is not over for the Thais. Ariya Jutanugarn is a strong contender for gold in women's golf, and leads the event after the first of four rounds.