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18 Winners, 18 Medals: Know the Paralympic Legends From Thailand

In the 2020 Summer Paralympics, the contingent of Thailand picked up 18 medals: five gold, five silver and eight bronze medals

In the 2020 Summer Paralympics, the country of Thailand sent a strong contingent of 76 athletes, out of which 50 were male and the remaining 26 were female. The Paralympics are over, but it can certainly be said that Thailand had an impressive campaign. This year, the contingent displayed a series of powerful performances throughout the competition and came back home with 18 medals: five gold, five silver and eight bronze medals. So, who are the individuals to win the 18 medals? In this clickbait, we have composed a brief about those winners. 

Gold- Three of the five gold medals were picked up by PongsakornPaeyo who won the men’s 400 metres T53, men’s 100 metres T53 and men’s 800 metres T53 events on August 29, September 1 and September 2, respectively. The fourth gold medal was won by AthiwatPaeng-nuea who came first in the men’s 100 metres T54 event. The fifth and the last gold medal won by Thailand arrived in the group event of mixed team BC1-2 under Boccia sport. The four individuals who brought home the fifth gold medal were WitsanuHuadpradit, SubinTipmanee, WatcharaphonVongsa and WorawutSaengampa. 

Silver- Apart from winning gold, AthiwatPaeng-nuea secured a silver medal for Thailand in the men’s 400 metres T54 event, whereas PrawatWahoram earned a medal in the men’s 1500 metres T54 event. In the badminton women’s singles WH1 event, SujiratPookkham accomplished one medal. The other two medals were won by PornchokLarpyen and WatcharaphonVongsa in the mixed individual BC4 and mixed individual BC2 events, respectively. 

Bronze- Thailand’s first female gold medallist, Saysunee Jana, won a silver medal in wheelchair fencing. In the table tennis men’s individual class 6 event, RungrojThainiyom added one more medal to Thailand’s tally. Thailand’s joy was increased by further two folds when PutharetKhongrak won two more medals in men’s 5000 metres T54 and men’s 1500 metres T54 events. Two teams accomplished another two bronze medals. AnurakLaowong, YuttajakGlinbancheun, and ThirayuChueawong won the men’s team class 3 table tennis event whereas SujiratPookkham and AmnouyWetwithan dominated the women’s doubles WH1–WH2 badminton event. Last but not least, the last two medals were brought by KhwansudaPhuangkitcha and SaichonKonjen in taekwondo and men’s 800 metres T54, respectively. 

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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