Today saw again over 100 bouts across four rings as the second day of competition took place at the Youth World Championships in Bangkok. The excitement level was high today with many young athletes already on their second bout in the most keenly contested divisions – and the rings were active late into the evening. In Ring A one of the highlights was between Iraqi athlete Ayad Albadr and Thailand’s Tinanchai Sriprang – a contest which brought even the neutrals into the fray cheering for one or the other. Ayad won the first round, lost the second and then came storming back to take the third and win the bout on 29:28 points.
In all six athletes from Iraq were in action today, taking two forward to the next round.
Team Thailand had 34 athletes in action today, across all four rings – they had a good day but shipped losses also against Hungary, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Lebanon, Kazakstan and Russia.
In the girl’s division Russia’s Liubov Plakhova won a tough bout against Team GB athlete Charlie Louise Pritchard .
She was just one of the 26 young athletes in action today for Russia, a busy day for the coaches across boys and girls divisions: full results here.
In all there are almost 200 girls here, competing across every division from age 10 to 17.
Australia and Turkey also had busy days as did Ukraine. Australia’s athletes also stood out for their habit of gifting opponents with a tiny cute koala bear at the end of each bout. Traditionally in muaythai athletes cross the ring at the end of the bout for a drink of water from their opposing coach, so this twist was sweet to see especially after some hectic muaythai action.
Morocco are unfortunately out of the tournament now with their athletes losing second round bouts today. The Philippines benefited from this, taking six wins altogether for a great day in the rings.
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