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Feature: Thai boxer finishes career with 4 perfect golden bouts at Beijing Games
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09:43, August 24, 2008

"Finally, he got it, for which he has waited for 12 years," said excited Sasithorn Jongjohor, wife of Thai Olympics gold winner Somjit Jongjohor, after her husband beat Cuba's Andris Laffita Hernandez in Beijing late Saturday.

  Since it was the last match of Somjit, a 33-year-old boxing star of Thailand, the four bouts, or eight minutes, in Beijing has laid out his ability in the flyweight level across the world.

On Saturday, he continued his overthrowing advantage on the boxing stage. He trounced the 30-year-old Pan American Champion with 8-2.

In earlier games, he beat Eddie Valenzuela from Guatemala with 6-1, Mammadov Samir from Azerbaijan with 10-2, Anvar Yunusov from Tajikistan with 8-1, Vincenzo Picardi from Italy with 7-1.

"In his 12 years of boxing career, he has got many medals from various games. However, he was dreaming an Olympic medal all the time, although he lost the match early four years ago in Athens, he never gave up. That's the reason why he insisted boxing until now," said Sasithorn. "His dream now becomes true."

At Somjit's hometown, Thai northeastern Korat Province's Bakchong district, thousands of local officials, villages, fans and media crews bombarded his house to watch live coverage and lend supports. They burst into cheers after Somjit's win.

Somjit's only son turns seven on Saturday. The boy got the best birthday gift from his father as Somjit earlier said that he will win an Olympics gold medal for his son. "My father is so cool. I want to be like him," the boy said on a TV live coverage.

Somjit will retire from the national boxing team after return from Beijing on Monday. However, he earlier said he want to be a youth boxers' coach to continue his loving game.

The win produces the second gold medal for Thailand in Beijing after Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon won the women's 53kg weightlifting event last week.

He is scheduled to return to Thailand on Monday with more than 15 million baht (about 450,000 U.S. dollars) incentive money from the government and private sectors waiting on home soil.

In another match, the Light Welter (64kg) final bout, Thailand' s Manus Boonjumnong lost to Dominican's Felix Diaz, won a silver medal for Thailand. However, the Athens Gold winner is also praised by Thais since he is the first Thai athletes who won medals in two Olympic Games.

Thailand so far got two golds and two silvers at Beijing Games.


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