In the second day of muaythai action for the World University Championships, some familiar faces including Ali Dogan jumped the ropes for a busy day. Taking place in the busy tourist town of Pattaya, the crowds had plenty to cheer about as 16 countries vied for places in the next round.
The crowds at the World University Championships were treated to 13 top-class muaythai bouts today, as countries including Belarus, The Philippines, Lebanon and of course Thailand battled it out for a place in the next round.
Once again the local organising committee put on a superb display with the day running like clock-work. Many of the people racing around to help the athletes are student volunteers, cheerfully translating and arranging all day long.
There are 23 countries here altogether, with 98 athletes who also study at university, taking subjects like sport and psychology.
Artsem Vinnik (Belarus) and Mahmoud Ghandour (Lebanon) had a tough bout at the start of the day, with Artsem winning – again an exciting fight to start the day as happened yesterday.
Team Thailand had a mixed day, taking two wins from four bouts. In the 75kg division Russian athlete Alexsei Fedotov defeated Thailand’s Kongsak Gungchok. This was a very fast fight, with Alexsei winning with his knee-work, really accurate and scoring very well on the inside all the time.
And at 81kgs Mikita Shostak (above) took the win against his Thai opponent Nattaphon Klangsombat. This time last year Mikita won bronze at The World Games and now he’s one step further to taking a medal at this FISU championships. His next opponent is Ali Dogan, Turkey who also won his bout today in a fast-paced and knee-strike-filled bout with Russia’s Arten Stratov.
In the women’s division Thai athlete Nuttacha Chamuanjit won a very close bout – 29 points to 28 against Frenchwoman Margaux Izac. This was a real credit to both women; great viewing for the neutrals in the international tourist crowd.
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