Twin brothers take aim at National, International events
Savannakhet province has currently been training its talented male and female students to become skillful athletes with their sights on vying in national eventsaround the country in the near future.
The athletes in the province will be aiming to join the national team to also compete in international events in neighbouring country sometime soon as well.
Siphasouk Botvilaythong in action in the men's 400 metre hurdle event at the football stadium in Borikhamxay province last week.
Many of the best male runners in the province are still the young and will look for experience at the national and international levels.
Two of the best male runners are twin brothers; older brother Siphasouk Botvilaythong and slightly younger brother Somsanouk Botvilaythong who have had success winning gold and silver medals in track and field events at the 6th National School Games in Borikhamxay that took place this month.
The twin brothers will also aim to compete at the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang in 2018 and it will be their dream to compete at the Asean Schools Games in Singapore in July as well as other international events in the future.
Siphasouk has won three gold medals from the men's 400 metre hurdle event, the men's 200 metre running event and the men's 4x400 metre running event as well as a silver medal from the men's 4x100 metre running event.
Somsanouk has won two gold medals from the men's 100 metre running event, the men's 4x400 metre running event, the men's 200 metre running event and the men's 4x100 metre running event.
This is the first time for both brothers to attend at the 6th School Games and they were very happy with their medals.
The brothers have begun to train in running at the end of 2016 and they have been training hard before traveling to attend the recent school games' track and field events in Borikhamxay.
They like to train inrunning and say they have been training for a long time but that they also play football.They say sports enables to keep in good health and stay away from drugs.
After returning from the 6th School Games the twin brothers have continuedto study at a secondary school in Pakxong village, Songkhone district, Savannakhet province. Currently they are 17 years old.
Somsanouk said he hopesto continue to study at the University level in the future after graduating from high school in 2017.
Savannakhet's athletic team did their best this year and won 12 gold, 18 silver and one bronze medal from track and field events at the 6th games in Borikhamxay, however,Savannakhet provincial sports team came in second place with 21 gold, 24 silver and 14 bronze medals at the 6th games in Borikhamxay province.
Siphasouk and Somsanouk's did gain some experience in competing at the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province in 2014 but they came home empty handed.
In the past, Savannakhet province has been able to train students to be excellent runners that have joined the national team for Asean University Games in Singapore in July in 2016 as well as other international events.
By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update February 18, 2017 )