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Wijan Ponlid

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Full name  วิจารณ์ พลฤทธิ์
Rated at  Flyweight
Weight  51 kg
Name  Wijan Ponlid
Martial art  Boxing
Nationality  Thailand
Role  Boxer
Club  Royal Thai Police
Sport  Boxing
Height  1.62 m

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Born  April 26, 1976 (age 39) (1976-04-26) Si Satchanalai, Sukothai
Olympic medals  Boxing at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Flyweight
People also search for  Bulat Zhumadilov, Volodymyr Sydorenko, Jerome Thomas

Nickname(s)  "Thai Pea" "Ikkyu-san"

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Police Lieutenant colonel Wijan Ponlid (Thai: วิจารณ์ พลฤทธิ์; rtgsWichan Phonrit; born April 26, 1976) is a Thai boxer who competed in the Men's Flyweight (– 51 kg) division at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. He returned to Thailand to a hero's welcome: honored with a new house, over 20 million baht, a job promotion (as a police officer in Sukhothai), and paraded at the front of a procession of 49 elephants through the city of Bangkok.


Ponlid defeated Vardan Zakaryan of Germany in round 1, Andrew Kooner of Canada in round 2, upset Cuban Manuel Mantilla in the quarterfinal, beat Vladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine in the semifinal and finally met Atlanta silver medalist Bulat Jumadilov of Kazakhstan in the final. The Thai led after every round of the bout, despite Jumadilov taking the second 6-5 to pull back to 9-7 behind, and caused endless problems for the Kazakh with his probing right lead and quick left.

In a messy fight, both men fell to the canvas twice in the third round as they pushed and clinched, but Ponlid led 15-11 at the bell and then made sure of gold by dominating the fourth.

It was Thailand’s second gold medal in Olympic boxing following featherweight Somluck Kamsing’s euphoric victory at Atlanta in 1996.

And just as Thai supporters feted Somluck in Atlanta for winning Thailand’s first Olympic gold in 44 years, they were just as ecstatic, waving their national flags and chanting his name, as Wijan was acclaimed the champion.

In victory Wijan held aloft a framed photo of King Bhumibol in the ring with the red, white and blue Flag of Thai flag draped around his shoulders.

In Muay thai his name is Si Satchanalai Taxi Meter. (Thai: ศรีสัชนาลัย แท็กซี่มิเตอร์)

Olympic results

  • Defeated Vardan Zakaryan (Germany) RSC 4
  • Defeated Andrew Kooner (Canada) 11-7
  • Defeated Manuel Mantilla (Cuba) 19-8
  • Defeated Wladimir Sidorenko (Ukraine) 14-11
  • Defeated Bulat Jumadilov (Kazakhstan) 19-12
  • Has been called the "Thai Pea" in reference to another great southpaw defensive boxing master, Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker.


    Wijan Ponlid Wikipedia