Supaleuk wins arm-wrestling championship for 4th straight year
Vimolrat Singnikorn
Supaleuk Sonprasert won the lightweight category arm wrestling contest for the fourth year in succession during the International Arm Wrestling Championships held at Royal Garden Plaza on March 17.
Chairman of the event Chanyuth Hengtrakul, a former member of parliament for Chonburi Province Region 7, presented the prizes to all the category winners.
Now in its fourth year, the tournament was organized by the ‘Born to Be’ organization in conjunction with Royal Garden Plaza.
Royal Garden Plaza manager Suwit Wattana said that the competition had drawn a substantial field of overseas competitors, with Canada, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Russia, England, Finland, Sweden, the USA, Japan and Korea all well represented, in addition to a large attendance of local and visiting Thai arm wrestling enthusiasts.
The lightweight category was for contestants of 75 kilograms and under, and the middleweight was for 95 kilograms and under. This year, in response to public demand, a heavyweight category of over 95 kilograms had also been added. The three classes between them resulted in a total of more than 30 bouts.
Three-times winner of the lightweight category Supaleuk Somprasert, from the Samutsakorn arm wrestling association, was cheered on as he squared up to Pornanan Juanjang, a freshman university student from Bangkok University. Supaleuk won the bout outright when Pornanan was unable to go into the second round because of a wrist injury.
In the middleweight competition, Jasaeb (a.k.a. Pol. Sgt Maj. Duangthong Kijyoschaipakorn) defeated Will Abney from the USA. Meanwhile, in the new heavyweight division Vladimir Bondarenko of Russia defeated Srinual Klinkularp, the heavyweight champion of Thailand.
The winners in the three weight classes received a purse of 15,000 baht each along with trophies, whilst the runners-up were awarded 5,000 baht for their efforts.

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