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Welterweight Sailom Ardee is one win away from clinching at least an Olympic bronze medal following his convincing last-16 win over Bulgaria’s Simeon Chamov in the 69kg division in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday.

After making a stuttering start to his campaign by scrapping past Belarusian fighter Pavel Kastramin with a split decision in the preliminary round, Sailom, one of four Thai fighters remaining at the Games, got into his stride against Chamov before running out as deserved winner.

Given the result, the 30-year-old, who has usually failed to shine on big stages, booked his quarterfinal spot against France’s Souleymane Cissokho, who clinched two successive unanimous wins in a row on his way to the last eight.   

Published : August 12, 2016

By : The Nation