Martial arts contestants impress Lao fans

Posted by samakomlao Sunday, December 13, 2009

Spectators around the country have been impressed by the high standard of Lao martial arts fighters and proud of the medals they won have at the SEA Games so far.

Martial arts disciplines being contested at this year's games comprise taekwondo, wushu, judo, muay, boxing, karatedo, wrestling, and pencak silat.

Competing athletes reached a high standard of physical fitness ahead of the games, with many training in camps in neighbouring countries. They also reached higher standards in recent international competitions than in the past.

At the Lao-ITECC indoor stadium on Sunday, the Lao wushu team won two gold medals in the men's and women's doubles in duilian (pair) events.

Soudaphone Chanlapheng, 14, and Ketsuda Vongphakdy, 19, were both gold medalists in the women's duilian event, while Anousone Sasabo, 20, and Bountang Song, 18, won gold in the men's duilian event.

This has been the most successful start ever for the Lao wushu team.

Wushu competitions are taking place at the Lao-ITECC indoor stadium from December 13 to 17.

Taekwondo featured earlier in the games from December 10-12, with the Lao team taking three gold medals.

The Lao team has never won any medals at international level in the dancing style but at this year's games they have the home team advantage and are also much better prepared.

At the 24th SEA Games in Thailand in 2007 they won a gold and two bronze medals in the fighting style.

Tao lu events at the 25th SEA Games include changquan (long fist), nanquan (southern fist), taijiquan (shadow boxing), daoshu (broadsword), jiashu (sword), nandao (southern broadsword), jianjijian (taiji sword), qiangshu (spear), gunshu (cudgel), nangun (south-style cudgel), duilian (pair events) with and without weapons and jiti (group or team events).

Lao gold medallist in the men's 54kg flyweight division Phoutthavong Outhasak found it easy to beat his Cambodian opponent Chhoy Bouthorn 13-1 in the final at Booyong Gymnasium last Saturday.

Phoutthavong beat his Thai opponent Pen-ek Karaket 5-4 before going on to beat the Cambodian fighter.

Phoutthavong had earlier won a silver medal in the men's 58kg division in Thailand 's 24th SEA Games.

Still to come are the boxing, wrestling, muay, and judo events, which will be held at the Lao-Japan Budo Centre from December 15-17.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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