THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Surodchana makes up for Sopita’s flop

ASIAN GAMES: Olympic weightlifting champion Sopita Tanasan finished empty-handed but teenager Surodchana Khambao saved the face of Thailand’s weightlifting team by claiming bronze in the women’s 53 kilogram division at the Asian Games in Indonesia yesterday (Aug 21).


By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 22 August 2018, 10:18AM


Sopita Tanasan of Thailand competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta yesterday (Aug 21). Photo: Money Sharma / AFP

Sopita Tanasan of Thailand competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta yesterday (Aug 21). Photo: Money Sharma / AFP

It was a quiet day for Thailand who could only get three bronze medals with the other two won by taekwondo fighter Vipawan Siripornpermsak and cyclist Natalie Panyawan.

With little experience at the senior level, Surodchana, 18, could only make one successful lift of 86kg in snatch but hoisted 115kg in clean and jerk for a total of 201kg.

She was third behind champion Hidlyn Diaz of the Philippines, who managed 92kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk for 207kg, and silver medallist Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan (93kg and 113kg for 206kg).

Diaz, the silver medallist in the division at the 2016 Olympics, won the Philippines’ first gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games.

Sopita, the gold medal winner in the 48kg division at the Rio Games, was fifth with a total effort of 199kg (90kg and 109kg).

Surodchana swept three gold medals at this year’s junior world championships.

The Chiang Rai native also claimed three bronze medals at the 2016 youth world championships.

Only one gold medal is awarded in each division at the Olympics and Asian Games.

The Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (Tawa) has targeted a gold medal at Jakarta Palembang 2018.

With Sopita’s failure, its hope now rests on Sukanya Srisurat, another champion at the Rio Olympics.

Earlier, Eko Yuli Irawan, a silver medallist in Rio, dominated the men’s 62kg competition to take Indonesia’s first weightlifting gold of the Games in front of President Joko Widodo.

New Paths Retreat

Veteran Irawan, 29, has won multiple major medals in a senior weightlifting career stretching back to his bronze at the 2008 Olympics, but had never before set foot on the top step of the podium.

“I’m a proud Indonesian and pleased for the country to win gold,” Irawan said after receiving his medal from president Widodo.

In taekwondo, Vipawan finished third in the women’s 57kg class after losing 12-10 to world champion Lee Ah-Reum of South Korea in the semi-finals.

The losing semi-finalists in taekwondo share the bronze.

In the men’s over 80kg, Nattapat Tantramart came out empty-handed after losing 30-15 to Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Zhaparov in the quarter-finals.

Although the Thai taekwondo team have won a gold medal in the women’s team poomsae (dance) event, they have not yet won a title in the combat competition.

But Thailand coach Choi Young-Seok said he did not feel any pressure.

“Every fighter is good but we still have chances [to win a gold medal],” said the Korean coach.

Thailand's top fighters – Olympic bronze medallist Panipak Wongpattanakit, Olympic silver medallist Tawin Hanprab and Ramnarong Sawekwiharee – have not yet competed.

In cycling, Natalie took bronze in the women’s mountain bike cross-country event in a time of 1:25.54min. She finished behind Chinese duo Yao Bianwa of China (1:20.70) and Li Hongfeng (1:24.39).

Additional reporting by AFP.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Civil action to be taken against shot Phuket driver’s family

I hope these people sue the family of the idiot wannabe gangster. After seeing this video, are they ...(Read More)


Back to the drawing board for ‘Phoenix’ salvage

"He declined to mention what company was hired". That's because it is more than likely...(Read More)


Back to the drawing board for ‘Phoenix’ salvage

Not much drawing board, haha. Wrote yesterday about expecting failure, deliberately or due to foolis...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

"Don't you understand the article," yes we do, it's a free add for a resort, I was...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

"I am sorry hinny,but where did i defend Thailand and his environmental problems in my comments...(Read More)


Back to the drawing board for ‘Phoenix’ salvage

"“I will not reveal or explain more details,” he said," definately hiding something, i...(Read More)


Back to the drawing board for ‘Phoenix’ salvage

Classic!...So the best idea that they all agreed on was to tow it umpteen miles under water...Like a...(Read More)


Phuket police transferred amid extrajudicial killing probe

Excessive force or not is for the law to decide. But why these people are proudly claiming to be inv...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

As expected not gonna happen anytime soon as the cowboys are running the show but what's the exc...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

Blah Blah, we all know what you meant, another farang lost touch with reality eh! ...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018