Oceania earns Gold at Asian Muay Thai Championships in Macau


Muay Thai Asian champions 2018 crowned in Macau

Asian Muay Thai Championships 2018 was held on the first two weeks of December in Macau. The final day of competition featured the bouts for gold medals contested by fifteen countries, including Australia. This marked the first time when Team Oceania was represented at the major event of the year in the region.

“Australia’s Yolanda Schmidt, representing Oceania for the first time at an Asian Championships, took gold at 57kg against young Kazakh athlete Albina Kulbizekova,” reads the recap on IFMA website. “This was Albina’s first final, but surely not the last as she put up a strong defence, but Yolanda firing in rapid hand combinations following with knees was not to be denied.”

There were seventeen bouts held on the final day in total, featuring eleven male and six female contests. Among the bouts Singapore earned its first ever gold at an elite level, when Lena Tan Yi Hui defeated Shiv Vaishali of India. Thai Somruethai Siripathum became Asian champion winning against Mor Atasha Mohd Nor of Malaysia.

“The organisers saved both Macau bouts for the end of the day. At 54kg Tak Chuen Suen has already shocked the world when he defeated The World Games champion Yelaman Sayassatov in the semi-final. So Arthorn Nontakod (Thailand) knew he had to bring his best game. It went down to the final round with Macau fighting off the back-foot, using clever tactics leaving it up to Artorn to chase the win – but Tak Cheun took it on 29:38 after three exciting rounds.”

In summary, Thailand was proclaimed as the “Best Team” of the event winning a highest number of gold, silver and bronze medals. The complete fight results can be found on IFMA live.