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Thai boxers win two YOG golds

Date : 18 Oct 2018

Date: 18 Oct 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 18, 2018: Thailand won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in boxing as Asian countries dominated the ring on the penultimate day at the Youth Olympic Games.

Panpatchara Somnuek and Atichai Phoemsap gave Thailand two golds while Kazakhstan’s Aibek Oralbay also won a gold. In addition, Asia’s strong contingent of boxers won two silver medals and three bronze medals.

Somnuek earned Thailand its first gold medal in boxing at the Youth Olympic Games when she out-punched Mexico’s Jennifer Yazmin Carrillo in the final of the women’s featherweight (57kg) cruising to a 5-0 victory.

The 17-year-old Thai talent was the favourite following her wins over European opponents in her imperious march to the final, defeating Slovakia’s three-time EUBC European champion Jessica Triebelova and eliminating Ireland’s Dearbhla Rooney, who ended with the bronze.

Phoemsap had to overcome powerful Ukrainian Taras Bondarchuk in the men’s lightweight category (60kg). The 18-year-old Thai, AIBA Youth World champion and ASBC Asian Youth champion, faced a few difficult moments in the opening round but quickly found his composure.

Phoemsap, who had defeated Canada’s American Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medalist Spencer Wilcox and Azerbaijan’s EUBS European youth champion Nurlan Safarov in his earlier bouts, used his longer reach to good advantage landing telling blows on Bondarchuk to win a unanimous decision.

In the heavyweight category (91kg), Kazakhstan’s Oralbay defeated Algerian Mohamed Amine Hacid in the gold medal final winning all three rounds. The 18-year-old Oralbay had the measure of his opponent having beaten him previously in the semi-final of the 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest. His victory gave Kazakhstan its first gold medal in boxing.

Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet, 17, won the silver medal in the men’s flyweight class (52kg) after losing to the favourite from Britain Ivan Price. Weerapon Jongjoho won the bronze in the men’s middleweight class (75kg) to complete a rich medal haul for Thailand in the ring. The 17-year-old defeated Samoa’s Jancen Poutua to claim the medal.

Kazakhstan won a silver medal in the men’s superheavyweight category (+91kg) through Damir Toybay who despite a superb final round could not overturn the result which went to taller Russian Aleksei Dronov.

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