Olympic Medalist Weightlifter's Grandma Dies Cheering Him On From Surin

Ross Houston
August 9, 2016

The grandmother of Sinphet Kruaithong, a weightlifter from Thailand, collapsed and died Sunday while watching a live broadcast of her 20-year-old grandson competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to multiple reports.

The 84-year-old grandmother of a Thai bronze medal victor at the 2016 Rio Olympics collapsed and died on Monday while celebrating the weightlifter's success, police said.

Olympic debutant Sinphet, 22, finished third in the men's 56kg division with a total of 289kg - 132kg in the snatch and 157kg in the clean and jerk.

The 20-year-old finished with a total of 289kg, a mark that put him behind China's gold-medal victor Long Qingquan who set a new world record total of 307kg.

The 121-pound Sinphet lifted 289 kilograms (roughly 637 pounds) to finish third behind China's Long Qingquan and North Korea's Om Yun Chol.

Before the Rio event, Subin had said, "I cheer him on, fight fight!". He does this for the country to bring the gold medal back, ' she said.

"I'm not sure if she was too excited, or if maybe she was already ill", the officer said, per Channel NewsAsia.

Sixteen-thousand kilometers away in Rio, Sinphet went on to win a bronze medal in the men's 56-kilogram category, becoming the first male weightlifter to medal for Thailand.

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