2,000 Sattahip students cheer on local Olympian

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More than 2,000 Singsamut students cheered on alumni Rangsiya Nisaisom as she tried, but failed, to advance in the London Olympics.

The children filled the Sattahip school’s auditorium Aug. 9 as the 18-year-old taekwondo fighter squared off against top seeded Tseng Li-Cheng of Taiwan in the 57 kg class. Tseng dominated the match from the start, winning 4-1.

Singsamut students cheer on alumni Rangsiya Nisaisom as she squares off with Tseng Li-Cheng of Taiwan in an early round taekwondo match at the London Olympics. Singsamut students cheer on alumni Rangsiya Nisaisom as she squares off with Tseng Li-Cheng of Taiwan in an early round taekwondo match at the London Olympics.

Principal Prasit Luathong said the viewing, using five large televisions, was arranged because Nisaisom had brought fame to the school. Before the Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women’s 62 kg class at the 2011 World Taekwondo Championships in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Nisaisom now attends Kasetsart University where she is majoring in business administration.

Despite Nisaisom’s loss, students said they weren’t disappointed and will continue to cheer her as she fights on in other competitions.