Yannaphon wins first gold for Thailand

Yannaphon wins first gold for Thailand
Yannaphon Larp-Apharat in tears after winning Thailand.

Thailand finally struck its first gold at the Asian Games, and the medal came as a big surprise after kegler Yannaphon Larp-Apharat stole the limelight at the Anyang Hogye Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea, with an impressive performance in the bowling men's singles.

As the Games proceeded to the fourth day of competition, all eyes were on female weightlifter Pimsiri Sirikaew, who was expected to win the gold in the 63kg category. To everyone's surprise, the London Olympics silver medallist finished the event empty-handed.

Then came the sterling efforts of Yannaphon, 31, who helped the Thai delegation - expecting at least 10 gold medals in the Asiad - save face. But it has taken Thailand four days to win its first gold.

Yannaphon's teammate Sithiphol Kunakorn bagged the bronze in this event. Thailand had its most productive day at the Games yesterday, winning one gold and three bronze, including one by shooter Chattaya Kitcharoen from the women's trap and one from male weightlifter Chatuphum Chinnawong.

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