RIO OLYMPICS – 18-year-old Olympian Tawin Hanprab has won a silver medal for Thailand in the menâ€™s Taekwondo competition, bringing Thailand its first Olympic medal for menâ€™s Taekwondo.
Tawin Hanprab has won his silver medal in the menâ€™s 58 kilogram Taekwondo weight division. Tawin defeated South Koreaâ€™s Kim Tae-hun with a score of 12-10, and went on to defeat Australiaâ€™s Safran Khalil in the quarterfinals by 11-9, before emerging victorious against Dominican Republicâ€™s Luisito Pie in the semifinals by a score of 11-7.
In the final round, the18-year-old Olympian was bested by Chinaâ€™s Shuai Zhao with a score of 6-4. China’s athlete won the gold medal in this weight division.
Tawin Hanprab became Thailand’s first male Taekwondo athlete to win a medal from the Olympic Games, as previously Thailand has only won Taekwondo medals from womenâ€™s competitions since the 2004 Olympics.
On the womenâ€™s 49 kilogram Taekwondo weight division, a 19-year-old athlete Panipak Wongpattanakit also won the bronze medal from the semifinals match against Mexicoâ€™s Itzel Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas with a score of 15-3, awarding herself with a fourth consecutive Taekwondo medal since the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.