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Thailand Wins Second Gold in Beijing

Somjit kissing gold AP Photo by Murad Sezer

AP Photo by Murad Sezer

33 year old Somjit Jongjohor claimed the gold he’s been looking for since Athens on Saturday by besting Andris Lafita Hernandez of Cuba to claim the Olympic gold medal in flyweight boxing.

Former World Champion Somjit knew this would be his last Olympics and was determined to bring home the gold for his country. In Athens four years ago he lost in early rounds to Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa which led him to believe his time as a competitive boxer was over. At the time he was at the peak of his career and in perfect physical form.

Instead of giving in to these thoughts he fought through them to become the gold medal winner today with a decisive 8-2 victory over first time Olympian Andris Lafita Hernandez.

Somjit,  who raised a picture of Thailand’s King Bhumibol after he won, will be going home to a hero’s welcome as well as a nice 15 million baht incentive furnished by the Thai government and private enterprise.

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Comment by ChrisNo Gravatar
2008-08-25 13:22:54

It must be a true honor to bring back one of the few gold medals from the Olympics for your country.

The US, China & Russia all bring back so many medals that individuals start getting lost in the haze of extraordinary athletes like Michael Phelps.

Comment by coolingstar9No Gravatar
2008-08-25 15:18:43

It is really a good news that Thailand get few medals in this Beijing Olympic game.
It will motivate all Thais to have fighting spirit to achieve their goal in life.
Well done, Thailand, keep it up.
Have a wonderful life, take care always, best wishes from coolingstar9

Comment by My Bug LifeNo Gravatar
2008-08-25 20:51:24

Congrats to Thailand on their 2nd gold medal!

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Comment by supladoNo Gravatar
2008-08-26 07:57:18

congrats, Philippines don’t have medal in Beijing hopefully in London…

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Comment by LynnNo Gravatar
2008-08-28 23:49:00

That’s great! He did bring honor to your country!

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