Asean Para Games: Thailand lands six golds in 1st day of track and field action

Thailand's Phumchan Phonsuda (right) celebrating with team-mate Luyue Suphatsara on Dec 4, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - The opening day of athletics action at the 2015 Asean Para Games went the way of heavyweights Thailand, as they seek to build on their 41-gold haul in last year's edition.

Wheelchair racer Pranaya Sekratok got her nation off to a spicy start by winning the women's 800m (T53/54) final in a time of 2min 9.29sec. It was also the maiden gold of the Dec 3-9 Games in Singapore.

In the evening's finale, five-time Paralympic silver medallist Konjen Saichon stole the show with a 14.33sec burst to win the men's 100m (T54) final. Singapore's Firdaus Nordin was eighth in a season-best time of 16.60.

There were creditable showings from the hosts to liven up the National Stadium. Jack Lai, 58, finished sixth in the men's 800m (T52/53) final, which was won by Thai Paeyo Pongsakorn in 1:41.26.

Meanwhile, Lionel Toh claimed sixth spot in the men's 100m (T37) final, with gold going the way of Vietnam's Le Van Manh (12.78).

In total, the Thais bagged six gold, eight silver and six bronze medals, ahead of Indonesia's six gold, six silver, two bronze haul.

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