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Thailand at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Thailand competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1952, Thai athletes had appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, because of its partial support of the US-led boycott.

Thailand at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Thailand.svg
IOC code THA
NOC National Olympic Committee of Thailand
Website www.olympicthai.or.th (Thai) (English)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 54 in 15 sports
Flag bearer Ratchanok Intanon[1]
Medals
Ranked 35th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
2 2 2 6
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The National Olympic Committee of Thailand fielded a team of 54 athletes, 26 men and 28 women, to compete in fifteen sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics, sharing the same roster size with those who attended the Tokyo Games in 1964.[2][3] Thailand roster marked its Olympic debut in women's boxing, BMX cycling, golf (new to the 2016 Games), and men's table tennis. Moreover, it registered more female athletes than males for only the second time in history.

Fourteen athletes on the Thai roster competed at London 2012, including badminton star Boonsak Ponsana (men's singles) and table tennis player Nanthana Komwong, who both made their historic fifth Olympic appearance as the most experienced competitors of the team.[2] Apart from the veterans, four more Thai athletes also topped the roster lineup to make their third Olympic appearance, namely welterweight boxer Sailom Adi, freestyle swimmer Natthanan Junkrajang, pistol shooter Tanyaporn Prucksakorn, and world's top-ranked skeet shooter Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit. Other notable Thai athletes included professional golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, who became the first for her country to capture the major championship title, and world's top four badminton player Ratchanok Intanon (women's singles), who was named as the country's flag bearer at the opening ceremony, the first by a female in history.[1]

Thailand left Rio de Janeiro with a total of six medals (two for each color), being considered its most successful Olympics since 2004. Four of these medals were awarded to the team in weightlifting, including two golds won by Sopita Tanasan (women's 48 kg) and Sukanya Srisurat (women's 58 kg), and two others in taekwondo.[4] For the first time in four decades, Thailand failed to pick up a single medal in boxing, as neither of its fighters progressed beyond the quarterfinal round. [5]

Contents

MedalistsEdit

CompetitorsEdit

Sport Men Women Total
Archery 1 0 1
Athletics 1 3 4
Badminton 2 5 7
Boxing 4 1 5
Cycling 0 2 2
Golf 2 2 4
Judo 1 0 1
Rowing 1 1 2
Sailing 2 2 4
Shooting 2 3 5
Swimming 1 1 2
Table tennis 1 2 3
Taekwondo 1 2 3
Tennis 2 0 2
Weightlifting 5 4 9
Total 26 28 54

ArcheryEdit

One Thai archer has qualified for the men's individual recurve at the Olympics by virtue of a top five national finish at the 2016 Archery World Cup meet in Antalya, Turkey.[6]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Witthaya Thamwong Men's individual 655 41   Jantsan (MGL)
W 7–3
  Wei C-h (TPE)
W 6–5
  Valladont (FRA)
L 0–6
Did not advance

AthleticsEdit

Thai athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[7][8]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Boonthung Srisung Marathon 2:37:46 133
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Natthaya Thanaronnawat Marathon 3:11:31 130
Jane Vongvorachoti 2:47:27 91
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Subenrat Insaeng Discus throw 56.64 24 Did not advance

BadmintonEdit

Thailand has qualified a total of seven badminton players for each of the following events into the Olympic tournament based on the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016: two entries in the women's singles, one in the men's singles, and a pair each in the women's and mixed doubles.[9]

Men
Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Boonsak Ponsana Singles   Axelsen (DEN)
L (14–21, 13–21)
  Lee D-k (KOR)
W (21–19, 17–21, 21−16)
2 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk Singles   Chen H-y (AUS)
W (21–14, 21–15)
  Foo Kune (MRI)
W (21–7, 21–18)
N/A 1 Q   Ulitina (UKR)
W (21–14, 21–16)
  Li Xr (CHN)
L (12–21, 17–21)
Did not advance
Ratchanok Intanon   Tolmoff (EST)
W (21–14, 21–13)
  Yip P Y (HKG)
W (21–18, 21–12)
N/A 1 Q   Yamaguchi (JPN)
L (19–21, 16–21)
Did not advance
Puttita Supajirakul
Sapsiree Taerattanachai
Doubles   Muskens /
Piek (NED)
L (13–21, 20–22)
  Matsutomo /
Takahashi (JPN)
L (15–21, 15–21)
  Gutta /
Ponnappa (IND)
W (21–17, 21–15)
3 N/A Did not advance
Mixed
Athlete Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Bodin Issara
Savitree Amitrapai
Doubles   Chan P S /
Goh L Y (MAS)
L (13–21, 19–21)
  Ahmad /
Natsir (INA)
L (11–21, 13–21)
  Middleton /
Choo (AUS)
W (21–13, 21–18)
3 Did not advance

BoxingEdit

Thailand has entered four boxers to compete in each the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Wuttichai Masuk became the first Thai boxer to be selected to the Olympic team, following his box-off victory at the 2015 World Championships.[10][11] Meanwhile, 2012 Olympians Chatchai Butdee and Sailom Adi had claimed their Olympic spots at the 2016 Asia & Oceania Qualification Tournament in Qian'an, China.[12]

Peamwilai Laopeam was the only Thai woman to book an Olympic spot with a quarterfinal victory at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.[13] Lightweight boxer Amnat Ruenroeng rounded out the Thai roster at the 2016 APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier in Vargas, Venezuela.[14]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Chatchai Butdee Men's bantamweight   Ashfaq (GBR)
W 3–0
  Nikitin (RUS)
L 1-2
Did not advance
Amnat Ruenroeng Men's lightweight   Perrin (ARG)
W 3–0
  Oumiha (FRA)
L TKO
Did not advance
Wuttichai Masuk Men's light welterweight Bye   Russell (USA)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Sailom Adi Men's welterweight   Kastramin (BLR)
W 2–1
  Chamov (BUL)
W 3–0
  Cissokho (FRA)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Peamwilai Laopeam Women's flyweight N/A Bye   Valencia (COL)
L 0–3
Did not advance

CyclingEdit

RoadEdit

Thailand has qualified one rider in the women's Olympic road race by virtue of a top 100 individual placement in the 2016 UCI World Rankings.[15]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Jutatip Maneephan Women's road race Did not finish

BMXEdit

Thailand has receive an invitation from the UCI to send a women's BMX rider to the Olympics, as the next highest-ranked eligible nation, not yet qualified, in the UCI Olympic Ranking List of May 31, 2016. BMX rider and Asian Games champion Amanda Mildred Carr was named to the Thai team on June 1, 2016.[16]

Athlete Event Seeding Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Amanda Mildred Carr Women's BMX 36.464 13 18 6 Did not advance

GolfEdit

Thailand has entered four golfers (two per gender) into the Olympic tournament. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (world no. 53), Thongchai Jaidee (world no. 38), Ariya Jutanugarn (world no. 7) and Pornanong Phatlum (world no. 34) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for their respective individual events based on the IGF World Rankings as of 11 July 2016.[17][18]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Kiradech Aphibarnrat Men's 71 69 69 67 276 −8 =5
Thongchai Jaidee 70 75 67 67 279 −5 =15
Ariya Jutanugarn Women's 65 71 WD WD 136 −6 DNF
Pornanong Phatlum 71 72 69 71 283 −1 =25

JudoEdit

Thailand has qualified one judoka for the men's heavyweight category (+100 kg) at the Games. Kunathip Yea-on earned a continental quota spot from the Asian region, as the highest-ranked Thai judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[19][20]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Kunathip Yea-on Men's +100 kg   Natea (ROU)
L 000–100
Did not advance

RowingEdit

Thailand has qualified one boat each in the men's and women's single sculls at the 2016 Asia & Oceania Continental Qualification Regatta in Chungju, South Korea.

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jaruwat Saensuk Men's single sculls 7:25.06 4 R 7:16.39 3 SE/F Bye 7:54.38 1 FE 7:49.86 26
Phuttharaksa Nikree Women's single sculls 9:17:95 4 R 8:07.92 4 SE/F Bye 8:51.99 3 FE 8:41.34 27

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

SailingEdit

Thai sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the individual fleet World Championships, and the Asian Sailing Championships.[21]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Natthaphong Phonoppharat Men's RS:X 32 29 32 14 37 21 30 24 25 25 28 27 EL 287 29
Keerati Bualong Men's Laser 25 38 37 32 38 39 35 18 27 47 N/A EL 287 37
Siripon Kaewduangngam Women's RS:X 19 23 22 18 11 2 27 7 18 14 15 17 EL 166 18
Kamolwan Chanyim Women's Laser Radial 25 27 28 31 32 34 30 31 38 31 N/A EL 268 32

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

ShootingEdit

Thai shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and Asian Championships, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) as of March 31, 2016.[22][23]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Napis Tortungpanich Men's 10 m air rifle 617.4 41 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m rifle prone 620.9 29 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m rifle 3 positions 1159 37 N/A Did not advance
Attapon Uea-aree Men's 50 m rifle prone 625.3 7 Q N/A 80.8 8
Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit Women's skeet 68 10 Did not advance
Pim-on Klaisuban Women's 10 m air pistol 373 39 N/A Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 575 23 Did not advance
Tanyaporn Prucksakorn Women's 10 m air pistol 378 27 N/A Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 568 32 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

SwimmingEdit

Thailand has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[24][25][26]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Radomyos Matjiur Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:02.36 37 Did not advance
Natthanan Junkrajang Women's 100 m freestyle 56.24 32 Did not advance

Table tennisEdit

Thailand has entered three athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. Suthasini Sawettabut and incoming five-time Olympian Nanthana Komwong scored a second-stage draw victory each to book two out of six remaining Olympic spots in the women's singles at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong.[27] Meanwhile, Padasak Tanviriyavechakul received an unused Olympic spot in the men's singles as the next highest-ranked player, after Hong Kong made its decision to decline a berth in the same tournament.

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Padasak Tanviriyavechakul Men's singles Bye   Ghosh (IND)
W 4–1
  Gionis (GRE)
L 0–4
Did not advance
Nanthana Komwong Women's singles Bye   Meshref (EGY)
W 4–1
  Yu F (POR)
W 4–3
  Han Y (GER)
L 0–4
Did not advance
Suthasini Sawettabut Bye   Han X (CGO)
W 4–3
  Li Jiao (NED)
L 2–4
Did not advance

TaekwondoEdit

Thailand entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. Panipak Wongpattanakit qualified automatically for the women's flyweight category (49 kg) by finishing in the top 6 WTF Olympic rankings.[28] Meanwhile, Tawin Hanprab and Phannapa Harnsujin secured the remaining spots on the Thai team by virtue of their top two finish in the men's flyweight (58 kg) and women's lightweight category (57 kg), respectively, at the 2016 Asian Qualification Tournament in Manila, Philippines.[29]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Tawin Hanprab Men's −58 kg   Kim T-h (KOR)
W 12–10
  Khalil (AUS)
W 11–9
  Pie (DOM)
W 11–7
Bye   Zhao S (CHN)
L 4–6
 
Panipak Wongpattanakit Women's −49 kg   Andrade (CPV)
W 18–6 PTG
  Kim S-h (KOR)
L 5–6
Did not advance   Diez (PER)
W 4–2
  Manjarrez (MEX)
W 15–3 PTG
 
Phannapa Harnsujin Women's −57 kg   Calvo (ESP)
L 5−6
Did not advance   Alizadeh (IRI)
L 10–14
Did not advance 7

TennisEdit

Thailand has entered two tennis players into the Olympic tournament, signifying the nation's return to the sport after an eight-year hiatus. Due to the withdrawal of several tennis players from the Games, twin brothers Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana received a spare ITF Olympic place to compete in the men's doubles.[30]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Sanchai Ratiwatana
Sonchat Ratiwatana
Men's doubles   Melo /
Soares (BRA)
L 0–6, 6–7(1–7)
Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

Thai weightlifters have qualified five men's and four women's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

The full weightlifting team, headlined by London 2012 silver medalist Pimsiri Sirikaew, was named to the Thai roster on July 18, 2016.[31][32]

Men
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Sinphet Kruaithong −56 kg 132 3 157 3 289  
Witoon Mingmoon 113 11 148 7 261 9
Tairat Bunsuk −69 kg 137 17 179 8 316 12
Chatuphum Chinnawong −77 kg 165 4 191 6 356 4
Sarat Sumpradit −94 kg 177 3 213 4 390 4
Women
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Sopita Tanasan −48 kg 92 1 108 1 200  
Pimsiri Sirikaew −58 kg 102 2 130 2 232  
Sukanya Srisurat 110 OR 1 130 1 240  
Siripuch Gulnoi −63 kg 108 3 132 DNF 108 DNF

See alsoEdit

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