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Day 2: Thailand Open 2008
  • April 28th, 2008

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For today competition, the weather was slightly better and five records was on the cards on Day 2 of 54th Thailand Open Championship (27th April 2008, Sunday)

Morning session started early on the dot with the Men 20km Walk. The top three spots was filled with local soldiers. Royal Thai Army Veeraphant Anantachai won it convincingly in a time of 1:46.19. Following 5 minutes behind was Navy’s Prasit Mark-elad in a time of 1:51.21. Yuenyong Kaewparb of the Royal Thai Army was struggling in the final part of the race and completed it in a time of 2:01.59 for bronze

The afternoon session started with the men’s discus throw, where last year winner Wansawang Sawasdi had to settle for third spot, as he made way for Taiwan’s Yao-Hui Wang and In-Choul Suh of Korea who finished 1-2 in that order with a throw of 53.51m and 50.70m respectively. Wansawang could only managed a throw of 50.41m. Taiwan’s Yao-Hui Wang 53.51m distance is a new mark for the record books

Women 400m Hurdles event followed after where overseas athlete, Taiwan’s Tzu-Huan Ho made easy for her finals as she crossed the line with ease with a time of 63.14 seconds. Her nearest competitor was few meters behind, Thailand’s Savitree Sukhon who clocked 64.93 seconds and another Thai female athlete, Apassorn Praikamnan, completed the medal standing, finishing in 66.46 seconds for bronze

The 400m men’s hurdle saw Kazakhstan hurdler Meleshenko Evgeni, a familiar face on the athletics circuit, winning it in style. He smashed the old record of 51.13 seconds which has been held by Thailand’s Chanon Keanchant for the past 14 years. Sri Lankan hurdler M.P.Y Ajith came in second with a time of 51.79 seconds and the bronze won by Taiwan’s Shu-Wei Chen finishing in 52.04 seconds

Men polevault saw local athlete from the Army Kreetha Sinthavachiva equalling Sompong Sombankuay 2003 pole vault height of 5.00m. Taiwan’s Po-lun Wang only managed silver after completing a height of 4.80m while the bronze went to another local, Police’s Sompong Sombankuay, scaling the height of 4.70m

Back to track action, there was another record by Taiwan’s Wen-Chen Wu in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Wu finished in 9:04.80 bettering the old mark of 9:09.30 by Thai’s Jirasak Suthichart

The ladies high jump saw R.A.L.P.Madhumati from Sri Lanka grabbing gold from local lass Nungruthai Chaipetch, who is an Olympic qualifier. Nungruthai who has a personal best of 1.91m, wasn’t performing and could only managed 1.78m for silver. Madhumati won it with her jump of 1.80m. Another local athlete Vanida Boonwan, got bronze with her jump of 1.75m

There was a change in schedule as Monday’s men high jump was brought forward a day earlier. Local Thailand athletes again succeeded in defending a local win as Army’s Suchart Singhaklang erased the old high jump 1993 mark of 2.11m by M.Pornsak Play-yod to a new height of 2.17m. The closest rival was Taiwan’s Kun-Hu Liao with a height of 2.11m and Kazakhstan’s Serekbayley Kairat finished third when he could only manage a 2.08m height

As for the women’s discus throw, Indonesia’s Dewi Ratnawati broke the half century mark when her 50.68m throw was enough for gold. It broke the old mark of 49.97m record by this year’s silver winner, Thai’s Juthaporn Krasaeyarn. She herself was a shadow of her former-self as she could only managed a distance of 45.67m. Third spot was snatched by Malaysia’s Zeng Zan Yap with a hurl of 43.70m

Then came the exciting one lap race. The women’s 400m event was won by HPTC Malaysia’s Irina Zudhikhina. RTAF Kanya Harnthong was second with a time of 57.47 seconds while bronze was Taiwan’s Tzu-Han Ho finishing in 58.44 seconds

The men’s 400m was down to the wire. Indonesia’s Achmed Sumersono seemed like he was going to win the race after a strong start, but it was Thailand’s Chakthip Bhocharoen from Royal Thai Army finished ahead in a time of 47.53 seconds. Chakthip overtook the tiring Achmed in the final part of the race. Achmed finished second in a time of 47.62 seconds. A Sri Lankan was close to the duo, but couldn’t keep pace with the Thai and Indonesian blistering pace and had to settle for third, with a time of 47.71 seconds

The local supporters was loud with their applause when Juthamart Thavorncharoen won the Women’s 200m finals. She beat the field with overseas athletes, clocking a winning time of 24.22 seconds while second place was Sri Lanka’s D.D.P.Priyadarshani with a time of 24.22 seconds. Kazakhstan’s Bludova Olsa had to settle for third in a time of 24.93 seconds

Moving on to the men’s 200m, Thailand’s Somphote Suwannarangsi outstaged the local 200m specialist, veteran Sithichai Suvornprateep. Somphote finished in a time of 21.13 seconds, well ahead of Sri Lanka’s S.M.Weerasuriya 21.26s and Sithichai’s 21.45 seconds timing

Athlete Vasana Vinatho justifies her Olympic qualification by winning the women’s Heptathlon with 4319 points. Day Two was the end of the heptathlon event and Vasana was in the lead since Day One. Her teammate, Sunisa Kao-elad, from RTAF came in second with 4107 points and a distant behind was Vanira Wangwai of Samut Prakarn finished for bronze with 2493 points

Full Reports: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4


Men 20km Walk – 0600H
1. Veeraphant Anantachai (Royal Thai Army) 1:46.19
2. Prasit Mark-elad (Royal Thai Navy) 1:51.21
3. Yuenyong Kaewparb (Royal Thai Army) 2:01.59

Men Discus Throw – 1330H
1. Yao-Hui Wang (Taiwan) 53.51m
2. In-Choul Suh (Korea) 50.70m
3. Wansawang Sawasdi (Thailand) 50.41m

Women 400m Hurdles – 1350H
1. Tzu-Huan Ho (Taiwan) 63.14
2. Savitree Sukhon (Thailand) 64.93
3. Apassorn Praikamnan (Thailand) 66.46

Men 400m Hurdles – 1420H
1. Meleshenko Evgeni (Kazakhstan) 50.40
2. M.P.Y Ajith (Sri Lanka) 51.79
3. Shu-Wei Chen (Taiwan) 52.04

Men Pole Vault – 1500H
1. Kreetha Sinthavachiva (Royal Thai Army) 5.00m
2. Po-lun Wang (Taiwan) 4.80m
3. Sompong Sombankuay (Royal Thai Police) 4.70m

Men 3000m Steeplechase – 1600H
1. Wen-Chen Wu(Taiwan) 9:04.80

Women High Jump – 1605H
1. R.A.L.P.Madhumati (Sri Lanka) 1.80m
2. Nungruthai Chaipetch (Royal Thai Air Force) 1.78m
3. Vanida Boonwan (Thailand’s Do Win) 1.75m

Women Discus Throw – 1605H
1. Dewi Ratnawati (Indonesia) 50.68m
2. Juthaporn Krasaeyarn (Thailand) 45.67m
3. Zeng Zan Yap (Royal Thai Police) 43.70m

Women 400m – 1700H
1. Irina Zudhikhina (HPTC Malaysia) 5?.20
2. Kanya Harnthong (Royal Thai Air Force) 57.47
3. Tzu-Han Ho (Taiwan) 58.44

Men 400m – 1710H
1. Chakthip Bhocharoen (Royal Thai Army) 47.53
2. Achmed Sumersono (Indonesia) 47.62
3. Rohitha Pushpakumara (Sri Lanka) 47.71

Women 200m – 1750H
1. Juthamart Thavorncharoen (Thailand) 24.22
2. D.D.P.Priyadarshani (Sri Lanka) 24.44
3. Bludova Olsa (Kazakhstan) 24.93

Men 200m – 1800H
1. Somphote Suwannarangsi (Thailand) 21.13
2. S.M.Weerasuriya (Sri Lanka) 21.26
3. Sithichai Suvornprateep (Thailand) 21.45

Women Heptathlon

1. Vasana Vinatho (RTAF Thailand) 4319 points
2. Sunisa Kao-elad (RTAF Thailand) 4107 points
3. Vanira Wangwai (Samut Prakarn Thailand) 2493 points

Men High Jump
1. Suchart Singhaklang (Royal Thai Air Force) 2:17m
2. Kun-Hu Liao (Taiwan) 2.11m
3. Serekbayley Kairat (Kazakhstan) 2:08m


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