Pongsakorn tops a golden day for Thai­land at Asian Para Games


THE 2016 PAR­A­LYMPIC Games gold medal­list Pongsakorn Paeyo has cap­tured his fourth gold medal at the on­go­ing Jakarta Asian Para Games, this time in the men’s wheel­chair 200m T53. The 21year-old from Khon Kaen, win­ner of the men’s wheel­chair 400m and 800 mT 53 in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, had a win­ning time of 27.59 sec­onds.

His pre­vi­ous tri­umphs came in the 100m, 400m and 800m.

With four gold medals, he be­comes Thai­land’s best-ever per­former in the Games.

“I’m so proud of my­self to have won all the events that I en­tered,” said Pongsakorn, who also took the 200m sil­ver medal at the 2015 World Cham­pi­onships in Doha.

“I was so tired com­ing into to­day’s event as it was af­ter mid­night when we re­turned to the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage. I had only five hours’ sleep and had to wake up at six to make it on time for the com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever I gave my all out there be­cause it was my last event,” said the Thai, who was born with po­lio in both legs.

Coun­try­man Sil­ver Piche Krungget took the sil­ver in 28.07 sec­onds, while Chi­nese Yang Shaqqiao was third in 28.69 sec­onds. Thai­land also won three bronzes – from Peth Rungsri in men’s 200m T52 and men’s 200m T51/52, and from Boonkong Sanepoot in the men’s shot put F20.

In shoot­ing, Anu­son Chaicham­nan won the mixed 10m air ri­fle prone af­ter fir­ing a to­tal 253.8 points, a new Games record.

Two South Korean Lee Jiseok and Jeon Youngjun fin­ished sec­ond and third, shoot­ing 252.7 and 230.4 points re­spec­tively.

Thai­land have reaped 21 gold medals and are sev­enth in the ta­ble.

China, with 142 golds, are guar­an­teed to be over­all cham­pi­ons.


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