Tokyo Olympics: Panipak Wongpattanakit wins Thailand’s first Tokyo Olympic Medal, bags gold medal in Taekwondo at -49 Kg category

The Thailand Taekwondo player, Panipak Wongpattanakit bags Gold Medal in the -49 Kg category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Panipak Wongpattanakit
Panipak Wongpattanakit

The Thai Taekwondo sensation, Panipak Wongpattanakit shined brightest at the biggest stage of all and banged a Gold Medal for her country Thailand at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Wongpattanakit was currently ranked number one in her weight category and she completely lives up to the expectations of the people of her country.

She was a two-time world champion and 2016 Rio Olympics Bronze Medalist, the only thing left for Panipak Wongpattanakit to achieve was an Olympic gold and now she added that too in her perfect resume.

Wongpattanakit defeated Avishag Semberg from Israel in the first fight by 29-5 and then she faced Truong Thi Kim Tuyen from Vietnam in the quarter-final. But the Vietnamese mixed martial artist couldn’t do better in front of her and faced a loss by 20-11.

Then she entered the semi-finals to face Miyu Yamada from Japan and Panipak Wongpattanakit continued to display dominating performance and defeated her by 34-12. In the finals, she faced a tough fight against Adriana Cerezo of Spain but she managed to win the fight by a close margin of 11-10 and bring Olympic Gold Medal for Thailand at Tokyo 2020.

Adriana Cerezo fell short in front of Panipak Wongpattanakit and secured Silver Medal

Adriana Cerezo and Panipak Wongpattanakit
Adriana Cerezo

The 17-year-old wonder girl from Spain, Adriana Cerezo won a Silver medal for her country at Tokyo Olympics 2020. This was Spain’s first medal at the games and she gave a very tough competition to the number one ranked player Panipak Wongpattanakit.

But towards the end of the fight, she lost it just by 1 point but she won Silver Medal for the country in her debut Olympic Games and announced her arrival in the world of Taekwondo with a bang.

Tijana Bogdanovic and Avishag Semberg won Bronze Medals in the -49 Kg category

Tijana Bogdanovic
Tijana Bogdanovic

The Serbian Taekwondo player, Tijana Bogdanovic won Bronze Medal in the -49 Kg category by defeating Miyu Yamada from Japan in the Bronze Medal fight.

Avishag Semberg
Avishag Semberg

Avishag Semberg from Israel also secured a Bronze Medal for her country by defeating Rukiye Yildirim from Turkey in the fight for second Bronze Medal at the -49 Kg category of Taekwondo at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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