Thailand maintained its strong start to the World Taekwondo Beach Championships in Egypt by winning 12 gold medals on day two of competition at the Red Sea resort of Sahl Hasheesh.
Having earned two golds, two silvers and a bronze on the opening day, Thailand’s confidence was high going into today’s recognised and freestyle poomsae finals.
In the recognised poomsae competition, the individual men’s under-17 competition, Thailand’s Sippakorn Wetchakornpatiwong secured gold, with home athlete Aly Mohamed earning silver, and Kanokchanok Jareonying completed the double for Thailand in the women’s under-17 event, where Salma Dabbur of Egypt was second.
Thailand added further gold in the under-30 individual under-30 women’s event, as Ornawee Srisahakit finished above Tuva Hatlen Kjodnes of Norway, with the men’s under-30 title going to Germany’s Shajan Sepanlou, with Sune Østli of Norway taking silver.
In the individual over-30 category, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Ali a Alabbas won men’s gold and Aras Omer Mohammed Ali of Iraq took silver.
The women’s event was won by Baerbel Reiner, earning Germany a first gold of the Championships, with Fajar Al-Binali of Brunei placing second.
There was a double podium finish for Thailand in the under-17 pair competition, with S Sirisinru and N Pitinanon finishing first ahead of compatriots W Sianglio and S Chuphon.
Thailand’s winning streak continued in the under-30 pairs, as P Sengmuean and P Phaisanki took home another gold, with Østli and Kjodnes won silver for Norway.
S Brummer and Reiner took gold for Germany in the over-30 pairs, where A Metwally and S Abdelsala secured silver for the hosts.
In the under-17 team event, Thailand’s Wetchakornpatiwong, Sianglio and Sirisinru won men’s gold, with Egypt taking silver through A Ghoneim, E Wardany and Mohamed.
Thailand struck gold again in the under-17 women’s team event thanks to Jareonying, Pitinanon and Chuphon.
Morocco placed second with I El Hayek, H Saadi and A El Assal.
Thailand came out on top once more in the over-17 categories as T Bompentho, C Khopana and Sengmuean secured gold for the men and K Chomchuen, O Srisahaki and P Phaisanki topped the women’s podium.
Egypt took silver in both events, with the teams of A Hesham, N Gendy and A Fawzy in the men’s event and S Attia, R Nasr and H Mahmoud A in the women’s.
In freestyle poomsae finals, Russia’s A Sumenkov won gold in the individual women’s under-17 event, followed by S Chuphon of Thailand and Spain’s L Costas.
The men’s under-17 gold individual gold and silver went respectively to Thailand’s W Sianglio and S Sirisinr, with I Mamdouh of Egypt finishing third.
Thailand’s Bompentho and Srisahaki came first in the over-17 pairs ahead of Spain’s individual champion Miguel Barreiro Estevez and S Gonzalez.
Thailand added a bronze through Sengmuean and Phaisanki.
In the mixed team all ages freestyle poomsae Thailand took a further gold and silver and Egypt claimed bronze.
Tomorrow’s final day of the World Taekwondo Beach Championships will present the finals for free style dynamic kicks and the breaking challenge, as well as technical breaking and high kick performance.