Thailand Wins First Gold at Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

Thailand Wins First Gold at Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea
Yannaphon Larp-Apharat Center hold up Gold Metal
Yannaphon Larp-Apharat Center hold up Gold Metal

 

INCHEON – Thailand finally struck its first gold at the Asian Games, and the medal came as a big surprise after kegler Yannaphon Larp-Apharat stole the limelight at the Anyang Hogye Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea, with an impressive performance in the bowling men’s singles.

As the Games proceeded to the fourth day of competition, all eyes were on female weightlifter Pimsiri Sirikaew, who was expected to win the gold in the 63kg category. To everyone’s surprise, the London Olympics silver medalist finished the event empty-handed.

Then came the sterling efforts of Yannaphon, 31, who helped the Thai delegation – expecting at least 10 gold medals in the Asiad – save face. But it has taken Thailand four days to win its first gold.

Yannaphon’s teammate Sithiphol Kunakorn bagged the bronze in this event. Thailand had its most productive day at the Games yesterday, winning one gold and three bronze, including one by shooter Chattaya Kitcharoen from the women’s trap and one from male weightlifter Chatuphum Chinnawong.

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