Thailand's Wongpattanakit wins women's 49kg taekwondo gold medal - first Olympic gold for South-East Asia in Tokyo


CHIBA, Japan, July 24 (Reuters): Thailand's Panipak Wongpattanakit, the bronze medallist in Rio five years ago, beat Spanish teenager Adriana Cerezo Iglesias to win the gold medal for women's taekwondo in the 49kg category on Saturday.

Serbia's Tijana Bogdanovic and Israel's Abishag Semberg won the two bronze medals.

Wongpattanakit, a martial star in her country, had previously won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics also in the 49kg class.

She also won gold medals at the 2015 World Championships, 2017 Asean Games and 2018 Asian Games.

Beside those feats, she als has silver medals at the 2013 Asean Games and 2017 World Championships; and bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games.

In other medal news for Asean countries, Indonesia's Windy Cantika Aisah wins bronze in women's weightlifting in the 49 kg class.

Thailand's Panipak Wongpattanakit (Blue) and Spain's Adriana Cerezo Iglesias (Red) compete in the taekwondo women's 49kg gold medal bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo on Saturday July 24, 2021. - AFPThailand's Panipak Wongpattanakit (Blue) and Spain's Adriana Cerezo Iglesias (Red) compete in the taekwondo women's 49kg gold medal bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo on Saturday July 24, 2021. - AFP

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