Thai ace pledges to bring home Olympic medal
BANGKOK—Thailand’s 21-year-old badminton star Ratchanok Intanon said Thursday she was “100 percent confident” she would bring home a medal in the Rio Olympics, despite slipping from her top ranking last week. Ratchanok, known in Thailand as Nong May, was crowned the world’s number one women’s singles player last month after sealing three successive Superseries titles in as many weeks. But she was bumped back to second place, behind Spain’s Carolina Marin, after an elimination in last week’s 2016 Badminton Asia Championship. Ratchanok nevertheless vowed to bring home Thailand’s first ever badminton Olympic medal. “I am 100 percent confident I will get a medal,” she told AFP from the court on the outskirts of Bangkok where she practises daily. —AFP
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