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Thai sailor's bid for Olympic glory

Thai sailor's bid for Olympic glory

OLYMPICS: Thai sailor Keerati Bualong is now training in Weymouth, England, and is preparing for the London 2012 Olympics, which start next Friday (July 27).

Wednesday 18 July 2012, 02:18PM

Thai sailor Keerati Bualong will represent Thailand in the Olympics. Photo: AFP

Thai sailor Keerati Bualong will represent Thailand in the Olympics. Photo: AFP

Relatively new to the Olympic men’s one person dinghy Laser Standard class, Keerati secured a spot in the 2012 Olympics at the Audi Laser World Championships in Germany back in May 2012, qualifying for the regatta’s elite Gold Fleet in 25th position out of 168 sailors, ahead of all other contenders for the last 12 spots available for the 2012 Olympics.

When qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, Keerati said “I am proud of my achievement for Thailand.”

He also thanked the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT) and the Laser Association of Thailand (LAT) for supporting him during his preparations.

Keerati, originally from Nakhon Pathom, was introduced to the sport of sailing during school holidays at the age of nine, when his father took him to the naval base of Sattahip, home to a respected junior sailing school, to visit relatives.

He recently won the gold medal in the 15th Asian Sailing Championships held in Langkawi, Malaysia, in February 2012. This adds to his impressive collection of gold medals.

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At only age 19, he has already caught the attention of the international sailing community.

National sailing coach Veerasit said that Keerati is one of the youngest competitors in the Laser at London.

“His first task is to reach the finals and anything can happen then,” the coach said.

For more information about Keerati, visit keeratithaisailing.com

– Story by MarineScene.asia

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