Puripol scores a hat-trick in the sprint at the SEA Games


SEA GAMES: Thai teenage sensation Puripol Boonson won the men’s 100m title to complete a hat-trick of sprint crowns at the 31st Sea Games in Vietnam yesterday (May 18).

Yesterday (May 18), Thailand’s Puripol Boonson won gold in the men’s 100m at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi. Photo: AFP

Joshua Robert Atkinson picked up his fourth gold medal when he helped Thailand win the men’s 4x400m relay team title at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.

Puripol, 16, crossed the line in 10.44 seconds to comfortably beat teammate Soraoat Dapbang who clocked 10.56 seconds, reports the Bangkok Post

Marc Brian Louis of Singapore was third with a time of 10.56 seconds.

It was Puripol’s third gold medal in Hanoi on her SEA Games debut, having won the 200m and 4x100m titles.

The Samut Prakan runner only burst onto the National Games scene in March when he won the 100m and 200m gold medals setting new records in both events.

He clocked 10.19 seconds to break the Thai record of 10.23 seconds set by Reanchai Sihawong at the 1998 Asian Games.

In the 200m at Si Sa Ket, Puripol crossed the line in 20.58 seconds, beating the national mark of 20.69 seconds set by Reanchai at the 1999 SEA Games.

In the 200m in Hanoi, her winning time of 20.37 seconds broke the SEA Games record and her own national mark.

In the men’s 4x400m relay, Thailand finished the race in 3:07.58 minutes, beating Vietnam (3:08.52) and Singapore (3:11.09).

Australian-Thai Joshua, 19, won the 400m, 800m and 4x400m mixed relay titles at the Vietnam Games.

In the women’s 100m final, Filipina Kayla Richardson won gold in 11.60 seconds, ahead of Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira (11.62) and Thailand’s Supanich Poolkerd (11.66).

In the men’s high jump, Thailand’s Kobsit Sittichai won gold with a leap of 2.21 metres. Malaysia’s Nauraj Singh Randhawa got silver (2.18) and Mohamad Eizlan Dahalan bronze (2.18).

In the women’s javelin throw, Jariya Wichaidit won silver with an attempt of 55.65 meters.

Vietnam’s Koang Lo Thi won gold (56.37) and Evalyn Palabrica of the Philippines won bronze (49.07).

In taekwondo, Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin defeated Vietnam’s Ngoc Cham Pham in the women’s 57kg final.

In badminton, the Thai women’s team won the gold medal after beating Indonesia 3-0 in the championship game.

Pornpawee Chochuwong beat Putri Kusuma Wardani 21-16, 22-20 in the opening singles, doubles stars Rawinda Prajongjai and Jongkolphan Kititharakul beat Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti 21-1, 21-12, and Supanida Katethong wrapped up the tied for Thailand as they beat Stephanie Stephanie 21-14, 21-8.

In golf, the Thai women’s team won gold after beating Malaysia 1.5-0.5 in the final, but the men’s team had to settle for silver after losing to Malaysia 2-1 in the title match.

In the preliminary round of indoor volleyball, the Thai women’s team will battle for gold on Sunday after beating Malaysia 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-12) for their fourth straight victory in the tournament .

The five participating teams in the women’s competition play each other in a round-robin format, with the top two teams competing for gold and the third- and fourth-placed teams competing for bronze.

Earlier, the men’s team rallied to defeat Cambodia 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11).

In the first round of muay (fighting), all four Thai fighters (three men and one woman) won.

Thotsaphon Saophanao beat Nidal Mahmoud of Malaysia 1-0 in the men’s sparring 81kg event, Chonlawit Preedasak beat Ananthasak Souliyavong of Laos 3-0 in the 60kg event and Sakchai Chamchit stopped Soulikone Mingbouppha of Laos in the first round of their division 54 kg.

Kullanat Aonok, the only female fighter, beat Chandeng Chha of Cambodia 1-0 in the 48kg event.

In the women’s soccer semi-final, Thailand beat the Philippines 3-0 to reach the final.

Goals from Silawan Intamee (21), Taneekarn Dangda (47) and Ploychompoo Somnuek (90) finished the Philippines who stunned Chaba Kaew at this year’s Asian Championship.

Miyo Okamoto’s team will face either Vietnam or Myanmar in the title match on May 21.

Hosts exceed century mark

Vietnam surpassed the 100 gold mark in the 31stst SEA Games at home.

The Games are taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities until May 23.

The tournament includes 40 sports with 523 gold medals and around 10,000 participants.

The biennial event was originally scheduled for late 2021 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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