Thailand sweep four aerobic gymnastics golds
Double delight for Kittipong, Roypim
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.