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Thais target 15 Asiad gold medals

Thailand, the undisputed king of sports in Southeast Asia, has revealed its medal target in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.

According to the Thai media, the country believes it is capable of winning 15 gold, 11 silver and 36 bronze medals.

A 940-strong team will be sent to compete during the 23 August to 8 October sportsfest.

Last time in Jakarta, Thailand wound up with a haul of 11 gold, 16 silver, and 46 bronze medals for a 12th-place overall finish.

In contrast, the Philippines finished at 19th with a tally of 4-2-15 in Jakarta.

Thailand feels its athletes will figure prominently in athletics, badminton, sepak takraw, weightlifting, taekwondo, volleyball and boxing as it intends to become the best finisher among SEA nations.

The Philippines, meanwhile, is leaning on weightlifting, swimming, athletics, boxing, golf and basketball in its quest to ramp up its collection in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The top gold prospects include Tokyo Olympics gold medalists Hidilyn Diaz, silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial, world No. 2 pole vaulter EJ Obiena and Filipino-Canadian tanker Kayla Sanchez.

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