boom! ‘Teacher Somsanga’ makes history The first gold of the Thai army World Athletics Championships
Somsanga Boonnok, former government teacher at Sibun Nai Rueng School Nong Bua Lamphu, 68 years old, won the first gold medal in the history of Thai elderly athletes. At the 2022 World Senior Athletics Championships, she competed in the 65-year-old women’s long jump record 3.90 meters, beating Anja Ackerman Smith of the Netherlands, who jumped 3.83 meters. Up to 7 centimeters at the Tampere Stadium in Tampere, Finland on July 5 past.
Somsanga Boonnok had to compete in a dress borrowed from a friend. and brand new shoes just bought Because he is the only Thai athlete in the group whose luggage has not yet arrived in Tampere City in this competition. But it can produce excellent results. and won the first gold medal for the Thai elderly athletics team causing the Thai flag to wave profusely and the Thai national anthem at the Tampere Stadium
The statistics Som-nga achieved from this competition was better than the Asian record that Japanese athlete Nakamura Noriko made at 3.78 meters in 2004 in Thailand and better than the record of Thailand. that she made by herself at a distance of 3.82 meters in the year 2020 at Suphan Buri Province
Besides Teacher Somsanga, there were 4 other Thai athletes who participated in the competition, namely Thanaphon Asavawongcharoen. Bangkok Municipality Worker, who won a silver medal from the 5000 meter walk and 10 km walk competition, Siriphan Chanprahman A discus thrower from Rayong province finished 8th in the Women’s 70 Years Discus Throwing Competition with a record of 17.01 meters, better than the 16.94m record that Roan Confident had done in Suphanburi in 2020, and Chanwit Chearavanont participated. Race for the first time in the 400m sprint with a time of 1.42.84 minutes in the men’s 70s qualifying round.