Gran dies as lad wins medal

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A WEIGHTLIFTER’S grand­mother col­lapsed and died as he won the bronze medal in the 56kg cat­e­gory at the Rio Olympics.

Sin­phet Kruithong’s gran, Su­bin Khongthap, was among scores of fam­ily and friends watch­ing his event live on a big TV screen set up es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion in his vil­lage in Thai­land.

The 82-year-old lady col­lapsed on Mon­day and didn’t live to see her grand­son win the bronze medal.

Sin­phet, 22, was the sec­ond Thai to win a medal at the Rio Games, fol­low­ing So­pita Tanasan, also 22, who won a gold medal for weightlift­ing in the women’s 48kg cat­e­gory on Satur­day.

He was, how­ever, the first Thai man to win a medal in weightlift­ing.

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