Thai teens win 3 gold medals in world dance competition in US

Photo by World Hip Hop Championship Facebook.

A Thai teenage dance team has put Thailand on the map by winning three gold medals in a world dance competition in the US. The team, named ‘Awesome,’ won the medals at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2022 for juniors and adults held in Phoenix, Arizona from August 7-13. The team collected their congratulations gifts at the Chon Buri Provincial Administrative Organisation this week.

Awesome is made up of six teens from Thailand’s eastern Chon Buri province. The championship in Arizona saw a total of 211 crews from 33 countries show off their moves on stage. Awesome’s coach Petpasut Wankaew said…

“We have stopped joining this competition since the Covid-19 pandemic two years ago. This year we were back and doing the best we could. The team has succeeded. Next year we will join in the competition again.”

The Awesome team members aren’t the only young Thais putting the kingdom in the spotlight. Last month, 16 year old sprinter Puripol Boonson was named by World Athletics as the No.1 100 metres’ sprinter in the Under 18 age group. He set a record of 10.09 seconds at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Columbia on August 2.

Thailand may be a small country, but its young athletic and artistic talent continues to make a mark on the world.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News | Thai PBS World

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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