Muaythai originators Thailand dominated the sport's finals here today at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, winning seven of the 14 gold medals on offer.
Four of the Southeast Asian nation's titles came in men's competition with Arnon Phonkrathok claiming the first thanks to a 29-28 success over Kazakhstan’s Yelaman Sayassatov in the under-54 kilograms final.
As yesterday’s beaten semi-finalists, China’s Luo Chenghao and Iran’s Amirhossein Kamary were the bronze medallists.
Thailand’s second men’s gold medal came courtesy of Chotichanin Kokkrachai, who beat The Philippines' Phillip Delarmino 30-27 in the under-57kg final.
Kazakhstan's Almaz Sarsembekov and Turkmenistan's Rüsdem Baýramdurdyýew were the bronze medallists.
Securing Thailand’s two other men’s crowns were Ruthaiphan Sapmanee and Anueng Khatthamarasri in the under-63.5kg and under-71kg categories respectively.
Sapmanee defeated Kazakhstan’s Abil Galiyev 30-27, while Khatthamarasri overcame China’s Guo Dongwang 29-28.
Iraq’s Ameer Takealla and Turkmenistan’s Nurgeldi Ataýew were the under-63.5kg bronze medallists.
Rounding out the under-71kg podium were Vietnam’s Nguyen Thanh Tung and Kazakhstan’s Namik Neftaliyev.
Thailand suffered defeats in two of the men’s finals with Prawit Chilnak losing 29-28 to Iran’s Ali Zarinfar at under-60kg and Mana Samchaiyaphum losing 30-27 to Turkmenistan’s Mustafa Saparmyradow at under-67kg.
Turkmenistan’s Adylbek Nurmetow and Kazakhstan’s Yerkanat Ospan were the under-60kg bronze medallists.
The third-place finishers at under-67kg were Kyrgyzstan’s Bekzhan Matysaev and Iran’s Reza Ahmadnezhad.
In the first of the three men’s finals not featuring a Thai athlete, Iran’s Keivan Soleimani edged Kazakhstan’s Vadim Loparev 29-28 at under-75kg.
Unhappy with the decision of the judges, Loparev remained in the ring for several minutes in protest before eventually leaving.
Iraq’s Mustafa Al-Tekreeti and Turkmenistan’s Ýusup Bäşimow were the bronze medallists.
Loparev’s compatriot Emil Umayev also opted to delay his exit from the ring after losing 29-28 to Iran’s Majid Hashem Beigi in the under-81kg final.
Turkmenistan’s Döwletmyrat Güýjow and Uzbekistan’s Ubbiniyaz Tureniyazov were the bronze medallists.
Bringing an end to the day’s proceedings was the under-86kg final, which saw Iraq’s Shahez Fazil register a devastating stoppage win over Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Barri.
Tajikistan’s Davlat Boltaev and Afghanistan’s Hayatullah Khairi were the bronze medallists.
There were also five finals held today in women’s competition with Thailand tasting victory in three of the events.
Yadrung Tehiran beat home favourite Ýanyl Kawisowa 30-27 in the under-54kg final, while Ratchadaphon Wihantamma defeated Iran’s Saeedeh Ghaffari by the same scoreline in the under-60kg final.
Janejira Wankrue then stopped Vietnam’s Truong Thi Hong Nga in the under-63.5kg final to make it a hat-trick of women’s gold medals for Thailand.
China’s Xu Yi and Afghanistan’s Zohra Rezaye were the under-54kg bronze medallists, while China’s Chen Linling and Turkmenistan’s Enejan Welmyradowa rounded out the under-60kg podium.
Completing the medallists in the under-63.5kg category were Lebanon’s Rola Khaled and Iran’s Zahra Boorboorajdary.
Turkmenistan got their revenge for Kawisowa’s loss in the women’s under-57kg final as Jennet Aýnazarowa stopped Thailand’s Sirisopa Sirisak.
Lebanon’s Maya Houdroge and Gülsat Gylyjowa clinched the third-place honours.
Vietnam’s Bui Yen Ly also featured on the list of women’s gold medallists with a 30-27 victory over Iran’s Fatemeh Yavari in the under-51kg final.
The two bronze medallists were Singapore’s Wei Ying Cheryl Gwa and Turkmenistan’s Selbi Jumaýewa.
Thailand topped the muaythai medal standings with seven golds and three silvers.
Iran finished second with three golds, two silvers and three bronzes, while Turkmenistan came third with two golds, one silver and eight bronzes.