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Manama, Bahrain, July 28, 2018 – Thailand made history after dramatic 3-1 (25-23 18-25 25-20 26-24) victory over Iraq to claim bronze medal at the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at Isa Sport City on Saturday.

This exceptional victory was not only a birthday present to King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodinddradebayavarangkun of Thailand but also another new chapter of history as this was the first-time ever that a Thai squad won a medal at the Asian Men’s U20 Championship in 32 years since their first participation in 1986 on home soil in Bangkok.

Both teams came up in full strength to make history for the first time. Still, Thailand, strengthened by two cannons, Chaiwat Thungkham and Assanaphan Chantajorn, proved stronger with consistency and confidence to win the crucial match.

Thailand took the bronze medal as they performed superbly to win four matches (over Qatar, Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei, and Iraq) against two losses (to Japan and Iran), while Iraq finished fourth with three wins (over Qatar, Macao, and China) against two losses (to Bahrain and Korea), which had been regarded as their best/ever performance in the Championship.

“Today, we caught two things at the same time, the bronze medal and the birthday present for our beloved King. I am happy. I did not push my players. I just asked them to play and show quality in their performance,” Thailand head coach Somboon Nakpung commented.

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