Thailand shoots back to the top
07 December, 2015
Thailand marched back to the top of the medal table after enjoying gold medal sweeps in archery, shooting and boccia on Day Four of the ASEAN Para Games on Monday.
Wasana Kuthawisap and Hanreuchai Netsiri claimed three golds in archery for Thailand on Monday bringing their total medal tally in the sport up to seven.
Thailand's archer Hanreuchai Netsiri in action during the Individual Recurve Open (Men) Finals held at Kallang Cricket Field on 7 Dec 2015. Photo: Ben Cho/ SAPGOC
In the Women's Individual Recurve Open, 39-year-old Wasana Kuthawisap took home top honours with a score of 95, finishing ahead of Indonesia’s Veronica Ninik Umardyani.
Team Thailand's archer Wasana Khuthawisap getting a shoulder rub during the Individual Recurve Open (Women) Finals. Photo: Ben Cho/ SAPGOC
While it was a close fight in the women’s final, it was a clear victory for Hanreuchai Netsiri in the Men's Individual Recurve Open as triumphed over counterpart Boonyarit Chaipoon with 111 points.
Together, the two gold medallists also won Thailand the Mixed Team Recurve gold as they outscored second placed Indonesia 6-0.
Anuson Chaichamnan won the gold medal in the R4 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed (SH2) event on Monday, ensuring a clean sweep of all seven golds for Thailand.
He edged Indonesia’s Bolo Triyanto to the top spot as he went on the set a Games record with a score of 207.3.
Compatriot Chatchai Senachan, who was the gold medallist for the R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed (SH2) event, took the top spot during qualifications with 626.7 points, but was unable to replicate his form in the finals and finished last.
Thailand's Senachan Chatchai is hugged by a teammate Photo: Leong Wei Chiang / SAPGOC
Thailand also enjoyed huge success in the Boccia events on Monday - they have won all four gold medal contests and nine of the 12 medals overall.
Outstanding Thai swimmer Anchaya Ketkeaw continued her remarkable performance in the OCBC Aquatic Centre with two more gold medals on Monday.
The 17-year-old now has six golds in the S9 classification with her latest triumphs coming in the women’s 50 metres freestyle and the 100 metres backstroke.
Ketkeaw is hot favourite to add a seventh medal in Tuesday’s 200 metres individual medley.
Another multiple medal winner in the pool, who was won the hearts of the passionate local Team Singapore fans, is Theresa Goh.
On Monday, ‘TG’ triumphed in the women’s 50 metre freestyle S5, with a time of 0:49.41.
Goh has five gold medals so far and will be looking to add more when she competes on Tuesday in the women’s 200 metres individual medley and then women’s 50 metres backstroke.
An impressive 14 gold medals have been won by Singaporean swimmers.
17-year-old Toh Wei Soong now has three gold medals and a silver after a wonderful Monday double win - a time of 0:30.27 secured a second gold of the day, this time in the men’s 50 metres freestyle.
Benson Tan added two more with victory in the men’s 100 metres backstroke S14, with a new games record time of 1:12.30.
Then in the evening, the talented Tan, won the men’s 50m Freestyle S14 with a time of 0:28.26.
In total Tan has won four gold medals and a silver.
On the track, Indonesia’s Nanda Mei Sholihah claimed her third gold of the Games in the T45/46/47 classification when she won the women’s 400 metres to add to her earlier victories in 100 and 200 metres.
Philippine Jerrold Pete Macabio Mangliwan added his second gold by winning the men’s 200 metres T52 having already secured the 100 metres title.