Ju-jitsu stars bag first two golds

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

Thai­land had a fine start to the fifth Asian In­door and Mar­tial Arts Games, claim­ing two gold medals in ju-jitsu a day be­fore yes­ter­day’s of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony of the qua­dren­nial multi-sport event in Ash­ga­bat, Turk­menistan.

Kun­satri Kum­sroi and Suphawadee Kaeosrasaen beat Patma Ho­jiyewa and Jahan Dur­dyyewa of Turk­menistan 80-79 in the women’s duo clas­sic fi­nal on Sat­ur­day night.

They also com­bined well in the women’s duo show to beat Dao Thi Nhu Quynh and Dao Le Thu Trang of Viet­nam on a tech­ni­cal­ity af­ter the two pairs carded iden­ti­cal 83 points.

Kun­satri took a sil­ver medal in mixed duo clas­sic with Ratcharat Yim­prai af­ter los­ing to Dur­dyyewa and Mekan Nur­jikow 83.5-82.5 in the fi­nal.

In men’s duo show, Tham­ma­nun Pothaisong and Warut Net­pong set­tled for sil­ver, con­ced­ing the fi­nal by only half a point to Rafique Sid­dique and Nawaz Jan­jua of Pak­istan.

Thai­land also landed three bronze medals in the mixed duo show and men’s duo clas­sic and -69kg con­tact events of the mar­tial art dis­ci­pline.

Mean­while, Malaysia are hop­ing to chal­lenge Thai­land’s dom­i­na­tion in Muaythai at the games.

Thai­land and Malaysia won two gold medals each in the dis­ci­pline at Au­gust’s SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur with the Thais nar­rowly top­ping the medal ta­ble by virtue of claim­ing three sil­vers to Malaysia’s one sil­ver and a bronze.

Malaysia’s Mohd Ali Yaakub de­feated Su­rachai Nak­thaem to win gold in the 54kg cat­e­gory and his per­for­mance was backed up by Ain Ka­mar­rudin’s shock win against world cham­pion Thachtana Luang­phon in the heav­ier 57kg class.

“I was very proud of this vic­tory,” said Ain, who won the ti­tle de­spite hav­ing lost his fa­ther to can­cer just weeks be­fore. “I ded­i­cated this gold medal to my late fa­ther, fam­ily and all Malaysians.”

Ali, who was mak­ing his SEA Games de­but de­spite be­ing aged 31, de­feated Su­rachai 30-27 in their clash in the fi­nal.

“The team trained in Thai­land for about a month be­fore the SEA Games and the re­sults au­gur well for the de­vel­op­ment of the sport in Malaysia,” said the coun­try’s coach, Bernard Radin.

Ash­ga­bat 2017, fea­tur­ing 6,000 ath­letes and of­fi­cials from 65 del­e­ga­tions, con­cludes on Sept 27.

Kun­satri Kum­sroi, left, and Suphawadee Kaeosrasaen per­form dur­ing the women’s duo clas­sic at the 2017 Asian In­door and Mar­tial Arts Games.

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