Teenage Komet's second title takes cycling haul to six golds
published : 11 Dec 2019 at 04:01
newspaper section: Sports
Cyclist Komet Sukprasert won the men's BMX race event for his second gold medal of the SEA Games yesterday.
The teenager finished first ahead of the Philippines' Daniel Patrick Caluag, who took silver, and Somkid Haratawan, the other Thai in the competition, who claimed bronze in the sport's last event of Philippines 2019.
It was the first SEA Games appearance for Komet, 19, who won the BMX time trial a day earlier.
"I am very happy to win two gold medals in my first SEA Games," said the Suphan Buri native.
Thailand got two gold and two bronze medals in the BMX discipline.
In all, the Kingdom took home six gold, one silver and four bronze medals in cycling.
The cycling team achieved the feat although Asian Games champion Jai Angsuthasawit, one of their top stars, did not take part in the Games because his preferred event, keirin, was not held.
"We did much better than our pre-tournament target," said Gen Decha Hemkrasri, president of the Cycling Association of Thailand.
The CAT had expected to win two golds at the 30th SEA Games.
"We achieved this because we worked very hard. We were tired but not discouraged. We trained the whole year and also trained in Australia for about one month," Decha said.
He vowed that the association and its athletes will continue to work hard to enhance the country's reputation in the sport. "We have never disappointed our compatriots," he said.
Cueists miss target
Thailand cueists missed their target of winning two titles in the billiard sports competition of the 2019 SEA Games as they ended their campaign yesterday with a single gold and two bronze medals.
Thailand's only gold in the tournament was delivered by Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn, who defeated Malaysia's former Asian youth champion Moh Keen Hoo 4-2 in the men's snooker singles final yesterday.
The bronze medals were claimed by Yuttapop Pakpoj (men's billiards singles) and Vuttiphan Kongkaket (women's 9-ball pool singles).