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10 August 2007 :: 18:08:41 pm 7239

Thai Sprinters Made A Golden Victory On Day 1 Of 24th World University Games

Thailand claimed a historic gold on the opening day of athletics competitions at the 24th World University Games, held at Main Stadium of Thammasart University‘s Rangsit Campus. The competitions will be until 18 August.
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With the crowd cheering at Main Stadium, the four sprinters dedicated the win to Their Majesties the King and Queen as well as Thai fans. Hosting the Universiade for the first time, the Southeast Asian country had never won a medal at this level.

Pirom Autas, Wachara Sondee, Sompote Suwannarangsri and Sittichai Suwonprateep joined efforts won a close 4x100m final over the South African squad to give the host country its first athletics title in the 48-year history of the Games.

“The victory is part of the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s 80th birthday. It is also for Mother’s Day (12 August which is Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday),” 21-year old Pirom said

It was the best time for the Thais since the 2002 Asian Games, but it was not enough for them to qualify for the World Championships in Japan later this month. They needed to run 39.00. They were the fastest in the semifinals with 39.47.

“Their time could have been better, had they started well,” said Thailand coach Supanus Ariyamongkol. He said newcomer Pirom was too nervous. Each of the sprinters will receive one million baht (nearly U$ 32.000) in bonus from the government.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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