Today was the start of the medal-bouts for muaythai at the Asian Indoor Martial Games after an exciting three days of preliminary bouts.
Also today the Executive Board of the Federation of Amateur Muaythai Asia (FAMA) met to discuss plans for the sport in the coming year. The women’s bouts opened the day with a victory for Vietnam’s Bui Yen Ly against Singapore athlete Gwa Wei Ying Cheryl at 51kg. The Vietnamese woman is coming off the back of winning gold at The World Games – can she do it again tomorrow against Fatemeh Yavari of Iran?
Zarinfar Ali, Iran had a tough bout against hometown champion Adylbek Nurmetov at 60kgs, taking the win on just one point at 29-28. So altogether Iran field five athletes in the finals tomorrow, two women and three men.
Philip Delarmino, The Philippines faced Turkmenistan’s Rusdem Byramdurdew in a tense battle, taking the win on points.
But the host team have three athletes qualified for the finals tomorrow. In the female division Yanyl Kawsowa defeated Zohra Rezaye from Afghanistan, Jennet Aynazarowa won against Maya Houdroge Lebanon and in the men’s division Mustafa Saparmyradow going through at 67kg.
Guo Dongwang, China won by the narrowest of margins at 71kg against Kazakhstan’s Namik Neftaliev taking the win on 29 to 28 points.
Overall Kazakhstan had a good day in the muaythai rings with wins including a points victory for Elaman Sayassatov at 54kg and Abil Galiyev at 63.5kg.
Jordan’s Mohammad AL-Barri had a lucky break when his opponent Afghan athlete Ayatullah Khairi was unable to box today. Team Thailand worked hard across male and female divisions, with standout bouts being Wihantama Ratchadaphon winning at 60kg against Linling Chen, China; and The World Games champion Arnon Phonkratnok defeating Chinese champion Luo Chenghao
So tomorrow it’s all to play for with eight countries in the finals, gunning for AIMAG gold!