Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 27, 2017 – Thailand underlined their supremacy over the 29th South East Asian Games Volleyball Championship after powering past Indonesia in the final men’s and women’s showdowns at the MITEC Hall 11 to make a clean sweep of both gold medals on offer in the Kuala Lumpur Games on Sunday.
Thailand made a perfect run in the 29th edition to capture the men’s title with remarkable unbeaten record. In the Sunday’s final clash, Thailand survived a strong challenge from formidable Indonesia to win a daunting battle in four-setter 25-16 25-22 20-25 25-20.
The impressive victory earned Thailand their eighth SEA Games title in history, four times in succession. Since the inception of the SEA Games men’s volleyball competition in 1977 in Kuala Lumpur, Thailand have so far clinched the title in 1985 (Bangkok), 1995 (Chiang Mai, Thailand), 2001 (Kuala Lumpur), 2005 (Manila, Philippines), 2011 (Palembang, Indonesia), 2013 (Nay PYi Taw, Myanmar), 2015 (Singapore) and 2017 (Kuala Lumpur).
The third-place playoff earlier saw Vietnam come from behind to beat the Philippines in dramatic four sets 25-27 25-22 25-20 25-21 to be content with bronze medal.
In the women’s event, Thailand still proved invincible in the SEA Games as the world No.16, fresh from taking silver at the recent Asian Senior Women’s Championship in Manila, Philippines, did not lose a set to their respective rivals in Kuala Lumpur to capture the crown for 13th time in history including eight in a row.
In their Sunday’s showdown, Thailand repeated the similar feat over Indonesia, the team they had beaten in straight sets in their Pool A preliminary round, in close three-setter 25-18 26-24 26-24.
Vietnam took the bronze medal after a fantastic comeback 3-1 (25-27 25-22 25-20 25-21) win over Philippines in the third-place playoff.
Bronze medal match: Vietnam b Myanmar 3-1 (25-19 25-18 22-25 25-17)
Championship match: Thailand b Indonesia 3-1 (25-16 25-22 20-25 25-20)
Bronze medal match: Vietnam b Philippines 3-1 (25-27 25-22 25-20 25-21)
Championship match: Thailand b Indonesia 3-0 (25-18 26-24 26-24)
FINAL MEN’S TEAM RANKING
5. Malaysia and Philippines
7. Cambodia and Timor Leste
FINAL WOMEN’S TEAM RANKING
5. Malaysia and Myanmar
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