Connect with us


Team Sweden scores four gold medals at the 2022 IFMA Muay Thai world championship in Abu Dhabi



Sweden IFMA Muay Thai World Championship 22 Emma Stonegard
Photo credit: UAM

The 2022 IFMA Muay Thai world championship is almost a wrap in Abu Dhabi. The Swedish national team has no more finalists still in competition – but what they do have is four brand-new world champions.

Sweden showed up with a strong team and won several matches during the course of the championship. The first Swede to go all the way was Moa Carlsson, who won gold in the U23 -54 kg category on Friday after beating Thailand’s Kantiya Panoram by unanimous decision, 29-28 across the board, in the final.

On Saturday, multi-time IFMA champion Patricia Axling was the next Swede to come out on top of her category. She beat Elaine Lopes of Bahrain in the final match of the -57 kg weight class, securing a unanimous decision victory with 30-27 on all judges scorecards.

The third Swedish woman who can now call herself the 2022 world champ is Emma Stonegård. She took on Egypt’s Ekram Abouelkomosan in the -67 kg final and won comfortably with 30-27 scorecards across the board.

An interesting side note about Stonegård is that she actually declined to participate in last year’s IFMA world championship due to her mental health. After working on herself and finding more of a balance in her personal life, she’s been on a roll securing two wins as a pro this year before winning a total of three fights in Abu Dhabi en route to gold.

Lastly, Angela Mamic managed to win gold in the -71 kg category after placing second at IFMA world championships four times prior. Mamic faced 2019 world champ Anna Rantanen from Finland in the final match and lost the first round, but came back stronger in rounds two and three to secure the win by unanimous decision with 29-28 scores across the board.

Furthermore, Ewin Ates – who won gold at last year’s world championship – didn’t manage to come out on top this time as Turkey’s Kubra Kocakus proved to be too tough in the -60 kg final. However, she’ll still go home with a silver medal.

Two more Swedes – Camilla Danielsson (-45 kg) and Linus Bylander (-63,5 kg) – will leave Abu Dhabi with bronze medals after loosing their respective semi finals.

It should also be noted that Sayed Rohullah Mosawi, who lives and trains in Sweden, placed third in the male -57 kg category while representing his home country of Afghanistan.

Check out the UAM YouTube channel to watch all the fights from this year’s IFMA Muay Thai world championship and make sure to follow Frontkick on Instagram for more updates about Swedish martial artists!

Read more: Muay Thai For Life 2.0 – Crazy Fight Highlights & Results: ”I’ve Never Seen Anything Like That”

Read more: Thrilling action in the cage as Sweden’s top prospects put it all on the line at Zone Pro League 2