It’s Time! Asian Beach Games take over Phuket sands
The first gold medal in the 4th Asian Beach Games went to female Sambo expert Babamuratova Gulbadam of Turmenistan in the 52kg weight class.k
Gulbadam defeated Kazakhstan’s Leila Konuspayeva 4-0 in the final on Wednesday (November 12), on the first day of competition for the Asian Beach Games.
It’s all part of the run-up to the official opening ceremony, set to take place tomorrow (November 14). Athletes from several nations have already competed in sambo, Ju-Jitsu, beach flag football, and squash, which all got underway yesterday (November 11). With over 44 participating nations, the games – which take place until November 23 – is the biggest sporting event that has taken place on the island for the past four years.
Mongolia currently leads the gold medal count with six (5 gold, 1 bronze) after day one, including four medals in Sambo and one in Ju-Jitsu grappling. The United Arab Emirates finished day one with the most medals, seven in total, including three gold in Ju-Jitsu.
Meanwhile, Thailand and Japan have each won three straight games in the beach flag football event at Saphan Hin Sports Centre
Hosts Thailand got off to a convincing start with a sensational 78-18 win over India. They stormed on to beat Kuwait 40-34 and China 72-13. Japan also fared well to taste three wins in a row, beating Kuwait 41-36, the Philippines 61-6 and India 55-12.
The beach flag football events continue until tomorrow (November 14), shortly before the official opening ceremony of the Asian Beach Games.
Where to catch the action today (November 13):
– Sambo (FINAL DAY): Matches start at 9:10am and continue until 11:30am. Estimated start time for FINALS is 5:34pm.
– Squash: Games start at 5:30pm and carry on until 10:40pm.
– Ju-Jitsu (FINAL DAY): Matches begin at 9am and continue until 11:20am. Estimated start time for FINALS is 11:27am.
Saphan Hin Sports Centre
– Beach Flag Football: Games started at 8am and run every hour until 1:00pm. Semi-finals matches take place today at 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
For full results and schedules, visit www.phuketthailand2014.com.