PHUKET: Phuket girls Bussarin Raktaengam, Worakluck Kritsachaikan, Sudaphat Khongkaew and Pichakon Kankanok yesterday defeated their Nakhon Ratchasima opponents to win gold in the soft tennis event at the 28th Thailand National Youth Games being held in Phuket.
The foursome join the boy’s doubles team of Krit Jamkhajonkiet and Panode Kingtkaew as so far the only Phuket competitors to win gold at the games, dubbed “Phuket Games 2012”.
Youngsters Krit and Panode won gold in the strategy game Go, the tourney of which is underway at the Chalermprakiet School at Saphan Hin.
Phuket duo Sorawit Kingkaew and Pattarin Waiyakarn won silver in the Go mixed doubles event.
Phuket’s only medal in track and field has gone to Siriyakon Kamlai, who won bronze in the grueling 3,000m event yesterday, crossing the finish line at Surakul Stadium with an impressive time of 11:15.
In the latest national tally, Bangkok has collected the most gold medals, 19, followed by Chonburi (16) and Suphanburi (11). Places are determined Olympic-style on the number of golds, not the total medal haul.
As the Phuket Games enter their seventh day of competition today, more medals are up for grabs in 11 different games and sports.
One of today’s many highlights will be at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town, where Thailand’s best young track and field athletes will compete for medals in the following events:
- Girls 100m hurdles
- Boys 110m hurdles
- Girls 1,500m
- Boys 1,500m
- Girls 4×100 relay
- Boys 4x100m relay
The pair are students at the Chonburi Sports College, which has been racking up an impressive number of medals at the games. Thawatchai Hokpanna of Roi-et province finished third, crossing the finish line two minutes later with a time of 36:33.20.
Other medals are up for grabs today in the following sports: Cycling, Bridge, Badminton, Swimming, Gymnastics (final day), Bowling, Pencat Silat, Weightlifting, Wushu, Shooting.
Those who cannot make it to the sporting venues around the island to enjoy the competitons first-hand can watch the televised action on free-to-air NBT Channel 11 this afternoon.
— Stephen Fein
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