Chanatip Sonkham of Thailand won the gold at the 28th SEA Games in the Taekwondo Women's Flyweight (Under 49 kg) finals held on 13 June 2015. This was the 2013 World Taekwondo Champion’s maiden SEA Games participation.
Chanatip taking her victory lap after winning the gold at the Games. Photo: Clement Goh / SINGSOC
The finals match witnessed high kicks from Chanatip, which helped her to score higher points and win with a 22-9 score against opponent Dos Santos Rosa Luisa from Timor-Leste.
Chanatip (left) displaying one of her high kicks in the finals of the Games. Photo: Clement Goh / SINGSOC
At the end of each round of every level of competition at the SEA Games, Chanatip could be seen getting tips from her coach, Choi Young-Seok, and paying very close attention to his advice. “My coach takes very good care of me, just like a father,” said Chanatip on being asked about the importance of her coach.
Chanatip (centre) getting advice from her coach (left) before the final round of the semi-finals. Photo: Jeremy Koh Leong Seng / SINGSOC
Chanatip is the first in her family to learn taekwondo, and has been learning since the age of 13. On being asked about her motivation to learn taekwondo, she said that she liked martial arts and taekwondo movements.
Having won laurels in the Olympic Games, World Taekwondo Championships, Asian Games and Asian Taekwondo Championships, the 24-year old said that she has the same excitement while participating in all competitions, whether big or small. A fan of the Singaporean dish, chicken rice, Chanatip thought well about the organisation of the 28th SEA Games.
We wish her all the best for her future successes and congratulations on her win in this year’s Games!
Chanatip seated at the spectator stands after her win at the Games. Photo: Clement Goh / SINGSOC