Thais take Taekwondo titles
The Thai Taekwondo team, led by coach Choi Young Seok, has so far grabbed two golds and one silver in the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo Championships.
The competition is being held between May 1st to 6th at Gyeongju, in South Korea.
Yesterday (Thursday), the Thai Taekwondo team celebrated a new victory after their 2010 Asian Games gold medalist, Chatchawal ‘Mag’ Khaola-or, beat his rival from South Korea, Ji Woong Park, in the final match of the male finals of the 54 kilogram division. The match ended with a victory by 1-0 points.
This was the second gold medal for the team in the competition, after Mr Chatchawal had earlier won the finals with a 7-5 victory over Russia’s Seyfula Magomedov, the champion of the 2008 European Taekwondo Championships.
On the same day, another Thai Taekwondo athlete, Patiwat Thongsalup, won the first silver medal for the Thai team, after being beaten in his final match by Iranian Alireza Nassrazadany in the men’s 74 kilogramme final.
Earlier, 17-year-old Rangsiya ‘June’ Nisaisom, from Chon Buri Province, created a new milestone for the Thai Taekwondo team by winning the first gold medal in an international contest in the 32 years since the sport was introduced to the kingdom.
Ms Rangsiya defeated her rival, Marina Sumic from Croatia, by 3 points to 1 in the finals of women’s 62 kilogram weight category.