Lao Judo Fighters Win Medals at International Events
The Lao judo team was able to collect two silver medals and one bronze medal at the Vietnamese International Judo Championships in Vietnam recently.
The silver medallist in the women’s 63kg category of the fighting event was Somsoudalath Venevankham while the other silver medal came from the men’s doubles kata event.
The bronze medallist Khonema Chanthakoumman collected her medal in the women’s under 78kg division.
The Lao judo team comprised four women’s judo fighters in the 52, 57, under 63 and under 78kg categories.
Joining them was one male judo artist who competed in the under 66kg division fighting event.
Competing in the kata or dancing events were male competitors, who managed to come home with a silver medal for their efforts.
Judo teams from more than 10 countries attended the Vietnamese International Judo Championships from October 29-30.
In July, top female judo fighter in the under 63kg category, Somsoudalath Venevankham, won a gold medal at the Thailand International Judo North Bangkok University Championships.
After returning from Vietnam, the Lao judo fighters will continue preparations at a training camp in Vientiane as they get set to compete at the Pre-SEA Games in Malaysia in February next year.
The Lao Judo Federation would also like to select the best men’s and women’s fighters in the different categories ahead of the Pre-SEA Games.
Between them, Lao men’s and women’s judo fighters in various weight categories picked up one gold and four bronze medals at the Thailand International Judo North Bangkok University Championships at the end of July.
In 2014, the Lao judo team won two silver medals at the Judo North Bangkok Championships.
At the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013, the Lao judo team won one gold and three bronze medals, while at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia they won one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
At the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane back in 2009, the Lao team won two gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
Source: Vientiane Times