The final day of Muay Thai competition at The World Games 2017 crowned eleven pioneers.
Making history as a full medal sport Muay Thai debuted at The World Games 2017. A multi sport event recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was held from July 20 to July 30 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Governed by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) the official program of the “Art of Eight Limbs” started on July 28. Battling out in two rings the athletes fought their way aspiring to become the first ever TWG Gold-medalists in Muay Thai.
The final day of the competition took its place on Sunday afternoon (July 30), following the day of the semi-finals and the opening round that were held within two previous days. The finale comprised 11 bouts featuring female and male bouts with the athletes squaring off in their respective weight categories. The contests for Bronze were held in the morning.
Among others, the list of Muay Thai Gold medalists at The World Games 2017 includes Swede Sofia Olofsson who earned a decision (30-27) against Valeriya Drozdova of Russia in the women’s 54 kg class. In 71 kg male division Thai Suppachai Muensang aka Superbon Banchamek added TWG Gold to his collection, also scoring a decision (30-27) against Masoud Minaei of Iran. As well, world champion out of Belarus Vitaly Gurkov [Vital Hurkou] claimed his first place on the pedestal in the 75 kg class, when he defeated Vasyl Sorokin of Ukraine via decision (29-28).
IFMA formally released the Gold medal day for muaythai at The World Games 2017 report on its website. In summary Ukraine took three Gold, while Thailand collected two. Russia, Sweden, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Vietnam earned one each.