Thai female athletes win wheelchair fencing and cycling championships
Thailand’s Saisunee Jana won the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) wheelchair fencing world championship, held in Pisa, Italy yesterday (Friday), beating local champion Rosana Pastino, the world’s number two.
The 48-year-old Thai defeated three competitors without difficulty before facing Pastino in the final. Against pressure from the local fans cheering their compatriot, Saisunee won by 15-7 to grab the championship for the second time.
Although she will turn 49 in June, Saisunee said she will continue to compete to serve the country, until her body does not allow her to do so or until there is a replacement for her.
She has also won two golds, one silver and three bronzes in five Paralympics.
Meanwhile, another Thai national cyclist Chaniporn Batriya won the overall Biwase Cup cycling championship in Vietnam yesterday.
Although she finished 24th in the fourth stage of the 120km course, from Vung Tau to Thu Da Mot, she completed the race with the highest scores from Stage 4 to Stage 10 and took the championship.
The second place went to another Thai cyclist, Sgt. Petdarin Sommaraj and the third went to a Vietnamese cyclist.