Rio 2016: Thai weightlifter's grandmother dies while watching him win bronze

A win at the Olympics turned bittersweet. The 84-year-old grandmother of Thai weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong collapsed and died on Monday while celebrating his bronze medal success in Rio, it has been revealed.

Subin Khongthap was at a family viewing party in Thailand watching a live broadcast of her 20-year-old grandson take third place in the 56-kilogramme division, when she suddenly collapsed.


Thai weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong won a bronze medal at Rio 2016 on Monday

She briefly regained consciousness five minutes later and was rushed to Chumphon Buri Hosital, but sadly passed away a short time afterwards, the Bangkok Post reports.

"The initial assumption is that she died from heart failure – but we have to wait for the hospital's result," Somwang Prangprakoan, a police office in northeastern Surin province, told the press. "I'm not sure if she was too excited, or if maybe she was already ill."

Mrs Chan, Sinphet's mum, reportedly said that while she was saddened by the sudden loss of mother, she was proud of her son for winning a medal.

Sinphet's grandmother tragically passed away while celebrating his success with family

Subin was one of her grandson's biggest supporters. Speaking to local press ahead of the start of Rio 2016, she spoke of her excitement at watching him compete. "I cheer him on, fight fight!" she said. "I miss my grandson and want him to be successful. He does this for the country to bring the gold medal back."

Sinphet was the second Thai athlete to win a medal in Rio, following the gold secured by 21-year-old female weightlifter Sopita Tanasan in the 48-kilogramme category on Saturday.


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