Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thai Boxing in 2008 Beijing Olympic

Gold and silver for Thai boxers in Beijing

Somjit took Olympic title in the final fight of his career, while Manus missed out on becoming the country's first two-time champion

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See how Somjit (in blue) won his Gold Medal.

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Manus VS Dominican.

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Sailom VS ALG

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Video Credit: Apinan Apibalsri from TTB 5

(News on on August 24, 2008)
Somjit Jongjohor (blue) of Thailand holds the portrait of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej after Men's Fly (51kg) Final Bout between Andris Laffita Hernandez of Cuba and Somjit Jongjohor of Thailand of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games boxing event at Workers' Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 23, 2008. Somjit Jongjohor defeated Andris Laffita Hernandez 8-2, and won the gold medal of the event. (Xinhua/Gesang Dawa)
News by Wanchai Rujawongsanti

Somjit Jongjohor landed the biggest prize in the final fight of his career, but Manus Boonjumnong failed to become Thailand's first two-time Olympic champion when both fighters contested the boxing finals in Beijing.

Flyweight Somjit fulfilled his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal by thrashing Cuba's Andris Laffita Hernandez 8-2, while defending light-welterweight champion Manus was hammered 12-4 by Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic.

With the 29th Olympiad ending, Thailand finished its Beijing campaign with two gold and two silver medals.

The other medallists for Thailand were weightlifting champion Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon and taekwondo silver medallist Buttree Puedpong.

Somjit will receive government and corporate bonuses in the region of 20 million baht. He said he would save part of it for his family and would also try to help society. He has bought sports equipment for rural schools and given scholarships to poor students for the past four years and will continue doing so.

He announced his retirement after 12 years of amateur boxing and will pursue a career in coaching. He said he believed he could do well in his new job as he had worked with several great coaches, including Cuba's Juan Fontanils.

Because Manus is not a puncher, he could not do much in the final round and lost 12-4. It was the Dominican Republic's first gold medal ever in the boxing ring. "I apologise to everybody for my failure," Manus said after one of the worst defeats of his career.

Manus complained that he should have scored several more points in the first round and said his opponent scored points even when he did not land good shots. "I felt discouraged that I did not get the points when I deserved them," he said.

However, he said he was happy with his Olympic campaign and he considered reaching the final to be a success as he was handed a tough draw. Although he failed to become Thailand's first two-time Olympic champion, he made history by being the first Thai to have won more than one Olympic medal.

จากกรณีที่ทัพนักกีฬาทีมชาติไทย ทำผลงานคว้ามาได้ 2 เหรียญทอง กับอีก 2 เหรียญเงิน จากการแข่งขันกีฬาโอลิมปิกเกมส์ 2008 ที่กรุงปักกิ่ง สาธารณรัฐประชาชนจีน ล่าสุดเมื่อ 27 ส.ค. รัฐบาลได้จัดงานเลี้ยงฉลองชัยชนะ และมอบเงินรางวัลโบนัสพิเศษให้กับนักกีฬา และสมาคมกีฬาแห่งประเทศไทย ที่ทำผลงานจากการแข่งขันครั้งนี้ ที่ห้องชมวัง อาคารราชนาวิกสภา กรมยุทธศึกษาทหารเรือ แทนสถานที่เดิมที่ทำเนียบรัฐบาล เนื่องจากเกรงปัญหาด้านความปลอดภัย หลังเกิดเหตุการณ์วุ่นวายจากกลุ่มผู้ชุมนุมต่อต้านรัฐบาล เมื่อ 26 ส.ค. ที่ผ่านมา


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On 8/17/08, during the Olympic games, I got an email from Khun Wanadee Lertsburapa with this cute picture and her note, asking me to relate this message to Manus in Beijing.

"น้องเอมี่, กรุณาฝากภาพนี้ส่งให้คุณมนัส บุญจำนงค์ ขอเป็นกำลังใจ ให้นักมวยไทยและนักกีฬาของเราทุกท่าน ขอให้โชคดี....
จาก ลูกหลานชาวราชบุรี (Jack Moore) Chicago, USA"

มนัส ขอบคุณชาวไทยในชิคาโก้
I forwarded the email message and the photo to Beijing. Shortly after, I received this video clip as a reply from Manus. Next to him was Non, his brother, holding the microphone. Click to watch.

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