An action-filled afternoon of amateur muaythai saw host nation Macau take a breather before a big day tomorrow, with the larger teams like Thailand and The Philippines having a successful day. Today the two rings were dedicated to the male divisions, with the women’s starting tomorrow.
As always at IFMA tournaments at this level, the rings stand away from the crowd with spotlights guiding the athletes in. All bouts are shown live on the IFMA social media channels, with results available on IFMA Live (see below).
One of the stand-out bouts was in Ring B between Australian champion Lee Fook and Thailand’s Ronnacha Nadtayai An incredibly tense and technical bout, it all came down to the last round in the points battle. Both athletes stood back in the first, using the teep – pushkick- and looping body-kicks to build up points, with Thailand ahead by one. But by the final round Lee was back in contention using fast hand-combinations on the inside to set up for clinch-work. Ronnacha took the win 29: 28 points.
This is the first time a team from the Oceania region can participate in an Asian level event, with another athlete yet to compete.
Ronnacha’s team-mate Natthan Klangkarn also won a close bout, again on 29 to 28 points. He faced the Kazakh champion at 75kgs Mr lya Bulavintsev. This was a clash of two styles with the Kazakh athlete preferring to work on the outside, and Nattahn taking his points in the clinch.
But it wasn’t all about the large teams today. Chinese Taipei had a mixed bag, three athletes in action getting one win and two losses. Speaking after his victory Yu-Xi Chen said he was happy to be still in the tournament, but feels he can do better in the next round.
See the IFMA Instagram Stories to hear from Yu-Xi and other athletes about their day.
The Philippines, known as Team Bagsik, had four athletes in action today including The World Games 2017 athlete Phillip Delarmino who advanced to the next round against Afghanistan. His team-mate Ariel Lee Lampacan also won out in a tight battle, looking for another gold after his victory at the World Championships in Mexico.
Full results available daily – broken down round by round for an easy-to-follow path to gold – on IFMA Live
Full album of photos including those in this post on Asian Muaythai Championships Macao.
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