Jutatip Maneephan / Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit
Jutatip Maneephan / Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Thai cycling star into Olympics

sports May 27, 2019 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Jutatip Maneephan has secured a berth at 2020 Olympics spot following impressive results at the Tour of Trat over the weekend.



The 30-year-old from Roi Et won the first stage on Friday, then landed second on Saturday before surging to the top again in yesterday’s UCI Elite 1.1 one day race – a separate event in the same province.

After three day Jutatip has scored 376 points and is expected to surge to the top 30 in the world with combined points of 611 which should be enough to earn a spot in the Olympics next year.

“My team and I fought hard out there with a good plan. Just 300 metres before the finish line, a South Korean tried to overtake the lead but my teammate helped me by putting pressure on her. I took that opportunity to speed up to the finish line,” said Jutatip.

“It’s a team effort that helped us through. We will keep working hard to get a few more Olympics quotas,” she added.

 

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