Thailand wins first men’s Taekwondo Olympic medal

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A Thai athlete has won a silver medal in the men’s Taekwondo competition, bringing Thailand its first male Olympic medal from the sport.

Zhao Shuai of China, left, and Tawin Hanprab of Thailand compete in the Men's Taekwondo 58-kg final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Zhao Shuai of China, left, and Tawin Hanprab of Thailand compete in the Men’s Taekwondo 58-kg final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Taekwondo athlete Tawin Hanprab won silver in the men’s 58 kilogram weight division.  Tawin first defeated South Korea’s Kim Tae-hun with a score of 12-10, and then went on to beat Australia’s Safran Khalil in the quarterfinals by 11-9, before emerging victorious against Dominican Republic’s Luisito Pie in the semifinals with a score of 11-7.

Panipak Wongpattanakit celebrates after she won bronze medal match against Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas from Mexico in women's -49kg Taekwondo match at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Panipak Wongpattanakit celebrates after she won bronze medal match against Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas from Mexico in women’s -49kg Taekwondo match at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

In the final round the 18-year-old Thai Olympian was bettered by China’s Shuai Zhao with a score of 6-4.

In the women’s 49 kilogram Taekwondo weight division, 19-year-old athlete Panipak Wongpattanakit won a bronze medal in a match against Mexico’s Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas with a score of 15-3.