Thai medalist's mom rejoices by becoming nun

Thai medalist's mom rejoices by becoming nun

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand competes in the Women's 58kg Weightlifting on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 6:27 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The mother of Thailand's first medalist at the London Olympics is so happy she plans to become a nun.

Fireworks lit 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 fulfill Friday when Buddhist Lent begins.

The mother says the victory shows that dreams can come true. She adds that before heading to London her daughter had a dream in which she met three boys, named Gold, Silver and Bronze. Two of the boys stood still but the one named Silver ran and embraced her.

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