Thailand bags 3 more golds

Thailand bags 3 more golds

Incheon: Thailand bagged two gold medals in sepak takraw and another in boxing on the penultimate day of the 17th Asian Games yesterday.

Thai boxer Wutthichai Masuk celebrates after beating South Korea’s Lim Hyun-chul in the 64kg final. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

With the wins, Thailand’s gold medal tally has reached 12 — one more than the pre-tournament target of 11.

Thais took home 11 gold medals from the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Taekwondo fighter Ramnarong Sawekwiharee won bronze in the men’s 54kg division yesterday which is likely to be Thailand’s last at the Incheon Games.

A couple of Thais will compete today but are not expected to win medals.

In yesterday’s action, the Thai men and women both beat South Korea 2-0 in the regu finals.

The kingdom continued its dominance in sepak takraw, winning all four events at the games.

Pornchai Kaokaew became the most successful sepak takraw player in Asian Games history with eight gold medals.

In boxing, Wutthichai Masuk edged out South Korea’s Lim Hyun-chul in the men’s 64kg final.

Wutthichai was deducted a point in the second round for a headbutt but went on to beat Lim 29-27, 28-28, 28-28.

It was Thailand’s only gold medal in the boxing tournament at the Incheon Games.

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