Fireworks lit up the sky in Pimsiri Sirikaew's rural hometown Monday after she won a silver medal in the women's 58-kilogram weightlifting event. Cheering crowds watched the event on giant outdoor television screens.
Proud mother Amornat Sirikaew told Thai media she had vowed to enter a Buddhist monastery for nine days if Pimsiri won a medal, a pledge she will fulfil Friday when Buddhist Lent begins.
The victory shows that dreams can come true, her mother said.
Before heading to London, Pimsiri dreamed of meeting three boys, named Gold, Silver, and Bronze, the mother recounted. Two of the boys stood still but the one named Silver ran and embraced her.