Four rings were in action again today with just over 80 gold medal bouts taking place for the boys and girls at the youth world championships in Bangkok. As the medal count mounted it became clear that while some large teams did well, some smaller teams actually won more gold medals.
The long day of bout threw up some interesting results.In the older categories America dominated, their 16-person team taking home medals of all colours. Half of the team won gold, clearing four medals in the over-14 categories and taking the prize for best team in this age group.
In the under-14 categories Russia dominated both boys and girls divisions – they had 42 athletes competing today alone. In total they won 26 gold medals, taking 19 of these in the Under-14 categories and claiming the prize for best U-14 team. Amirkhan Zakiev won gold for the third consective year, and was given the Outstanding Athlete award in his age group.
Afghanistan took two medals, France also with a smaller team took gold and a silver for Jade Jorand – she also took the Sportsmanship award for her behavior towards her opponents.
Sophie Curtain took gold for the third year running for Australia, carrying Boris the Wombat into the ring with her, and was given Outstanding Athlete for her achievements. Also in this age group Ceren Yilmaz who took gold in her weight category was recognised as the Rising Star to look out for in the next years of her career.
In the younger divisions Kazkahstan also claimed a number of gold medals, with Baurzhan Mukhambetaliuly recognised for his incredible bout today against Thailand with Outstanding Athlete in this category.
The over-14 rising star award went to Ayad Albadr from Iraq for a series of exciting bouts during the tournament, culminating in a gold medal win today in a battle with Portugal’s . Joel Colaço
The medal bouts were interspersed with the final bouts during the day, with the athletes led onto the podiums by singers and dancers dressed in traditional Thai clothing. As the anthems were played, bouts stopped in all rings to show respect to the winning athletes.
And in the girls under-14 divisions the Rising Star went to silver medallist Ashley Jazmine Gavina, and Outstanding athlete to Kullathida Kueasanor from Thailand.
Thailand brought 81 athletes to the Championships, and certainly reaped the benefits of that taking 30 gold medals in various categories.
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