(KPL) Lao Taekwondo team won a gold medal, two silver medals and four bronze medals at the 9th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 4 to 7 June.

The team competed in standard fighting and poom sa (artistic style) events.

For this sports meet, the federation fielded five male athletes to compete in 54, 58, 62, 67 and 72 kilogram division and five female athletes for the 47, 51, 55, 63 and 67 kilogram categories. The Lao team was led by the Lao and Korean coaches, Mr Chanthavong and Mr Chang Kuk Park.The gold medalist or winner of the men's 58 kilogram category was Phouthavong Outthasak.

The silver medalist in the men's 54 kilogram category was Sysavanhkeo Sayadeth while Tikdaphone Chamyard won a silver medal for the womenç—´ 63kg category.

The bronze medalist for the men's 67 kilogram category was Saysana Vannavong while the men's 72 kilogram category went to Savathvilay Phimmasone.

The Lao taekwondo team will continue to train at the National Sports Training Centre in Sikeuth village, Naxaithong district, after their return from Vietnam.

Coach Chanthavong Panyasily said Lao fighters competed in every weight category during the recent 9th ASEAN Taekwando Championship in Vietnam and they would be similiarly fielded for the coming SEA Games.

The federation would be selecting fighters to train in the Republic of Korea from July to September.

Photo: vientianemai

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