Final day flurry seals Thailand medals table victory at Ju-Jitsu Asian Championships
Thailand have finished the Ju-Jitsu Asian Championships on top of the standings as they recorded a haul of five gold medals on the final day in Bangkok.
With Paweena Phalakan and Nutchaya Sugun both making it to the women’s under-48 kilograms in contact ju jitsu final at Rangsit University, the host nation was assured victory in the first final.
Phalakan ended up victorious as the bout went the distance in what was a thrilling encounter. Le Thi My Hien of Vietnam and Tsai Sin-Ping of Chinese Taipei joined the two on the podium.
Nuchanat Singchalad doubled Thailand’s gold medal total for the day as she dominated Altynay Mergenbay of Kazakhstan in the women’s under-57kg event.
Another Chinese Taipei bronze medal went to Huang Ching-Wen, who shared the distinction with Vietnam’s Thuong Le.
Thailand then secured their place atop the medals table by securing gold in all three duo events – the men’s, women’s, and mixed. In the discipline, competitors are rated for their speed, accuracy, control and realism as they recreate a bout with their partner.
The results meant that Thailand finished with 16 gold, 11 silver, and 16 bronze medals to surpass Kazakhstan’s total of 10 gold, 12 silver, and 17 bronze.
The United Arab Emirates appeared to pose a threat to Thailand’s dominance after winning four of yesterday’s matches.However, a catastrophic day with no victories saw them slip to third place with seven golds, five silvers, and four bronzes.
That paved the way for Kazakhstan to overtake them. With the help of outstanding performances from Zhanar Degenbay, Ayan Amze, Talgat Zhiyentayev, Sanat Sarsenuly, Imangali Abdikaiym, and Samir Safarov, the nation won a day-high six gold medals.
Ali Akbarpour of Iran, Khumoyun Khashimov of Uzbekistan, Lin Yu of Chinese Taipei, and the Vietnamese trio of Duong Thi Thanh Minh, Que Hoang, and Phung Thi Hue all won matches as well.