Thailand takes fourth place

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand had clinched three more gold medals at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi as of press time on Friday (May 13th) to move into fourth place in the medal table.

Thailand’s men’s sepak takraw team (in red) en route to victory against Malaysia yesterday (May 13). Photo: SAT

Saowalak Homklin won Thailand’s second gold medal at the Games after winning the Kurash women’s 57 kilogram event on Friday, reports the Bangkok Post.

Saowalak, who also won gold in the Philippines in 2019, beat Vietnam’s Don Thi Thu 1-0 in the final at Hoai Duc Stadium.

However, Apicha Boonrangsee had to settle for silver after losing to Jackielou Escarpe Agon of the Philippines 1-0 in the men’s 73kg final.

“We are quite happy with our performance even though our target was three gold medals,” said team leader Petai Ngamtaptim. “We managed to get gold and that was great.”

In bodybuilding, Jiraphan Pongkam won gold in the men’s flyweight category (60kg) and Kasem Rattanaporn won bronze while Vietnam’s Phuoc Pham Van won silver.

Pongsiri Prommachan won silver in the men’s 65kg. The gold medal went to Malvern Abdullah of Malaysia while Vietnam’s Tung Dang Thanh won bronze.

In bocce, Supan Thongphoo won gold in the men’s shooting event, beating Vietnam’s Dung Nguyen Van 9-4 in sudden death after a 42-42 draw in the final.

In kickboxing, Sivapan Arunno lost to Cambodian Toch Rachnan in the men’s full contact 57kg final and had to settle for silver.

In sepak takraw (regu team), the Thai men’s team beat Malaysia 3-0 while the women’s team beat Vietnam 3-0 in the first round.

In the 3×3 basketball qualifying round, the men’s team defeated Malaysia 21-14 while the women’s team defeated Singapore 21-9.

Vietnam still leads the medal table with 22 gold medals, followed by Malaysia with 11.

Confident War Elephants

Thailand men’s football team coach Mano Polking is expecting a tough fight against Cambodia in the SEA Games War Elephants third Group B match today (May 14).

Thailand had a disappointing start to the tournament last week when they lost 2-1 to Malaysia after being down to 10 men, playing without hard-hitting defender Jonathan Khemdee from the 43rd minute of the match.

However, the Thais bounced back in style in their next group game to beat Singapore 5-0.

Polking told the media yesterday that Cambodia should not be taken lightly.

“Cambodia are a very good team, so it will be a tough game for us,” Polking said.

“We want to continue playing at the level that took us to victory against Singapore and it’s good to see that the players were quick to regain their confidence after losing to Malaysia in the first game.

“It’s also good that Jonathan Khemdee is back from suspension. He will definitely be part of our starting XI against Cambodia.

There was another piece of good news for the Thai team camp yesterday when team manager Nualphan Lamsam, who is also the CEO of Muang Thai Insurance Public Company, was voted the most valuable personality in the development of the Thai sports year by the Siamrath Online Award 2022.

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