December 15, 2012
Lao petanque athletes won all gold medals of three categories mixed triples, men’s singles and women’s singles yesterday.
A mixed triple of Laos comprising of Ms. Manivanh Souliya, Mr Ounheuan Dedsunghan and Mr Boudta Nerdsavath took on a team from Thailand made up of Ms Hansuwan Janjira, Mr Kajorndechasak Atthaporn and Mr Siriyanon Vacharachai. It took two hours for the two teams to reach a stage where the Laos’ side’s victory against their Thai opponent was declared (13-8).
Few hours later Ms. Souksakhone Meunduangpanya, 18 year-two student of faculty of letters, grabbed one gold medal following her triumph over Thai opponent Nattaya Yoothong in the women’s singles final at the Petanque Court, National University of Laos.
“I am so excited. The audience extended a lot of courage to me. My competitor has prepared well. Our results were so close,” said the athlete who also won gold medal at the Indonesia in 2011. “I trained hard at the beginning of my preparation but I gradually relaxed myself later when the competition approached,” said Souksakhone.
“I would like to express thanks to the coach, the federation and the Lao people who have come and encouraged me,” added Soukakhone.
Ms. Souksakhone was able to defeat her Thailand’s rival with a total of 13-11 points. Not very long before Souksaknone’s victory was announced Mr Phoudthala Keokunnika was able to defeat an opponent from Malaysia Ramli Mohd Azri with a total of 13-7 at the men’s singles final. “I am very happy today to be able to reach the final. I played against him before and I consider this match not so tough. He is not too strong,” said the gold medalist Phoudthala.
The year-four student of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration had spent four months on training before entering the 16 th Asean University Games as a fully-fledged athlete.
“He (Phoudthada’s coach) said do your best. He already knew we are going to win today,” said Phoudthala when asked how his training was.
“Tomorrow will see the competition of three categories including men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles and it is likely that we can find some place to win tomorrow,” said Mr Maikay Phatthana, a member of technical and event organizing subcommittee.