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Phuket win gold at 42nd National Games in Suphan Buri

Phuket win gold at 42nd National Games in Suphan Buri

NATIONAL GAMES: Thantipong Phrtchaiya (men’s hammer throw) won the first gold medal for Phuket at the 42nd National Games, currently being held in Suphan Buri.

Wednesday 8 January 2014, 10:54AM

Thantipong Phrtchaiya at the recent SEA Games in Myanmar.

Thantipong Phrtchaiya at the recent SEA Games in Myanmar.

In karate, Phuket athelete Janjira Mukphan took a silver medal, while Parinya Donubon and Preecha Jaima earned a bronze medal each.

In the men's 100m, Ubon Ratchathani's Krisda crossed the finish line in 10.39sec, ahead of Udon Thani's Rattanapol Sowan (10.46).

Two-time defending champion and SEA Games title-holder Jirapong Meenapra of Surat Thani was forced to settle for third place, in 10.49sec.

Krisda was once tipped to become a future star of the track but it has taken him four appearances to win gold at the National Games.

"I did not think that I would win after I had failed three times in the event at the National Games," said Krisda, who turns 20 next month.

"My target was a top-three finish so winning my first gold is a pleasure."

In the women's 100m, SEA Games silver medallist Neeranuch, 33, successfully defended her title in 11.82sec to earn gold for the hosts.

Supawan Thipat of Surat Thani (12.02) was second and Thongdaeng Parichat of Nakhon Ratchasima (12.09) finished third.

Hosts Suphan Buri enjoyed another gold medal haul on the third day.

Praewprao Duangchan and Suriyen Janduang each took two gold medals for the hosts in gymnastics while Ratchawat Kaewpanya earned one for Samut Sakhon.

Having won three golds, Suriyen expected to win two more. If he meets his target, he will claim B200,000 as a bonus.

Chon Buri also had a good day, winning both regu events in sepak takraw and taking home six golds in weightlifting.

Chon Buri also won two golds from swimmer Natthanan Jankrajang in the women's 400m individual medley and 200m backstroke.

Suphan Buri lead the medal standings with 38 golds while Bangkok have 14, just one ahead of Chon Buri.

Bangkok have won the overall title in 39 of 41 previous tournaments but their officials admitted it will be difficult for them to reign supreme in Suphan Buri.

"A large number of Bangkok athletes, particularly swimmers were lured to join other provinces," said Pranee Satayaprakop, director-general of Bangkok's Culture, Sports and Tourism Department.

"Suphan Buri are likely to win the overall title and this could make the National Games more interesting in the future," Pranee said.

Bangkok athletes will get only B5,000 for each gold medal they win while Suphan Buri players will receive B40,000 for a gold medal.

Follow the 42nd National Games here (Thai only): www.suphanburigames42.com

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