Thai­land sweep four aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics golds

Dou­ble de­light for Kittipong, Roypim

Bangkok Post - - Sports - TOR CHITTINAND

The Thai SEA Games con­tin­gent cel­e­brated His Majesty the King’s 80th birth­day yes­ter­day by sweep­ing all four gold medals in aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics.

Kittipong Taw­i­nun and Roypim Ngam­peer­apong each clinched two golds, while Thai­land’s ta­ble ten­nis squad took home two sil­vers in the men’s and women’s team events.

At His Majesty the King’s 80th Birth­day An­niver­sary Sports Com­plex, Kittipong won the men’s in­di­vid­ual event by scor­ing 21.45 points.

The sil­ver medal went to an­other Thai gym­nast, Phairach Thotkham­chai, with 21.10 points, just 0.35 points be­hind the win­ner. Nguyen Tien Phuong of Viet­nam got the bronze with 19.80 points.

‘‘To­day is the King’s birth­day and the gold is for His Majesty,’’ Kittipong said.

Kittipong teamed up with Phairach and Chan­cha­lak Yi­ammit to win the gold in the men’s trio com­pe­ti­tion.

The Thais scored 20.60 points to beat Viet­nam’s Vu Ba Dong, Nguyen Xuan Giang and Nguyen Tien Phuong who got 20.15 points. The bronze went to In­done­sians Sa­pu­tra Ardi Dedek, Amir­ul­lah Faizal and Lody Lon­toh with 19.80 points.

In the women’s in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory, Roypim cap­tured the gold with a score 20.60 points. Viet­nam’s Nguyen Phuong Thanh came in sec­ond with 19.65 points and Suwadee Phru­tichai of Thai­land took the bronze with 19.30 points.

In the mixed pair event, Thai­land and Viet­nam shared the top hon­ours. Nat­tawut Pimpa and Roypim col­lected 20.20 points the same score achieved by Viet­namese pair Vu Ba Dong and Tran Thi Thu Ha.

‘‘I am very happy to win two gold medals. I am very proud to achieve this on Fa­ther Day. The medals are for the King and the Thai peo­ple,’’ Roypim said.

In ta­ble ten­nis, Thai­land lost to Sin­ga­pore, who are pow­ered by Chi­nese-born play­ers, in both men’s and women’s team fi­nals.

Chaisit Chai­tat, Phakpoom San­guansin, Phu­chong San­guansin, Sithi­chok Vi­pawatanakul and Tanawat Vi­pawatanakul lost 3-0 in the men’s fi­nal.

Phakpoom lost 3-2 to Gao Ning, Phu­chong was de­feated 3-1 by Yang Zi and Chaisit was white­washed 3-0 by Cai Xiaoli.

In the women’s fi­nal, the Thais also lost 3-0 to Sin­ga­pore. Nan­thana Kam­wong lost 3-1 to Wang Yue Gu, Anis­ara Muang­suk was de­feated 3-0 by Li Jia Wei and Sit­tilux Rat­tanapray­oon was beaten 3-0 by Sun Bei Bei.

Thana Chaipr­a­sit, pres­i­dent of the Thai Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion, ad­mit­ted that it was dif­fi­cult for Thai­land to win gold with Sin­ga­pore stand­ing in their way.

‘‘They have play­ers from China. But there are five more golds up for grabs and we are hop­ing to win the men’s and women’s dou­bles,’’ he said.

Kittipong Taw­i­nun per­forms in the men’s in­di­vid­ual event of the aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics.

Nat­tawut Pimpa and Roypim Ngam­peer­apong won the mixed pair event.

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