Thailand added three more medals to its tally in the last few days of the Olympics to sum up a total of four medals. Thailand now moves up to 31st, tied with Mongolia with two golds and two silvers. The first of Thailand’s medals came on the second day of the Olympics when Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon lifted a 90 kg and a 120 kg for a total of 210 kg and the gold medal in the women’s 53 kg weightlifting. Later in the Olympics, Buttree Puedpong, got the silver medal in taekwondo women’s 49 kg. She lost to China’s Wu Jingyu by 1 to -1 points.
As for Thailand’s prime sport, boxing, Thailand claimed gold and silver. It was a great final performance from both boxers in the final, but an “OK” Olympics for the Thai boxing team. Light-welterweight defending Olympics champion Manus Boonjumnong had to settle for silver after losing to Dominican Republic’s Felix Diaz. After defeating first- seeded Kazakh Serik Sapiyev in the quarterfinals, many expected that Manus would have an easy time for the gold, but things didn’t go his way and he lost 12-4. He will have to challenge for gold in London 2012. Elsewhere, flyweight veteran Somjit Jongjohor defeated Andris Laffita Hernandez of Cuba 8-2 in the final bout for his first ever Olympic gold. Prior to this he has won all major boxing competitions but the Olympics. Somjit Jongjohor has now won it in what many people presumed to b e the last fight of his career.
I think that Thailand has performed pretty well in the Olympics. Even though I’d like one or two more boxing medal; it has been a great Olympic. How do you feel about Thailand at the Olympics? What do you think that Thailand should achieve at the London 2012?