POW­ER­FUL ATH­LETE

Thip­wara claims sil­ver at Youth Olympics

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>> Weightlifter Thip­wara Chon­tavin se­cured a sil­ver medal for Thai­land at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Fri­day.

The 15-year-old hoisted 88kg in snatch and 114kg in clean and jerk for a to­tal of 202kg to fin­ish se­cond in the women’s 63kg divi­sion be­hind Ku­mushkhon Fayzul­laeva of Uzbek­istan.

The cham­pion was in a class of her own as she lifted 94kg in snatch and 124kg in clean and jerk for a to­tal of 218kg.

Thip­wara pipped Galya Sha­tova for the sil­ver medal af­ter the Bulgarian man­aged a to­tal of 201kg (90kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk).

Also on Fri­day, Thai bad­minton star Phit­taya­porn Chai­wan beat Sin­ga­pore’s Jaslyn Hooi Yue Yann in the bronze medal match of the women’s sin­gles.

The Thai star had few prob­lems as she cruised to a 21-9, 21-13 win over the Sin­ga­porean.

Thai­land have won one gold, three sil­ver and one bronze medals at the third Youth Olympics in Ar­gentina’s cap­i­tal.

Rus­sia are over­all lead­ers with 21 gold medals, fol­lowed by Hun­gary (11), Ja­pan (seven), Italy (six) and China (six).

Thai­land hope to win a cou­ple of medals in box­ing be­fore the tour­na­ment ends on Fri­day.

The Thais bagged three gold, two sil­ver and three bronze medals at the 2014 Games in Nan­jing, China.

Weightlifter Thip­wara Chon­tavin on her way to win­ning sil­ver in the women’s 63kg class.

Bad­minton star Phit­taya­porn Chai­wan com­petes in the bronze medal match.

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