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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 4:44:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 10:09:07 PM

Thailand reign supreme in sepaktakraw

Norshahruddin Mohd Ghani from Malaysia (top) returns the ball to a Thai player during their sepaktakraw men's regu final at the 27th SEA Games on Dec 16, 2013. Malaysia lost 2-0 - AFP

Norshahruddin Mohd Ghani from Malaysia (top) returns the ball to a Thai player during their sepaktakraw men's regu final at the 27th SEA Games on Dec 16, 2013. Malaysia lost 2-0 - AFP

THAILAND again proved to be the masters of sepaktakraw after beating Malaysia 3-0 in the final of the inter-regu competition at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Naypyitaw.

Siriwat Sakha, Pornchai Kawkaew and P. Yupadee needed less than half-an-hour to demolish the young Malaysia trio of Hanafiah Dolah, Izurin Refin and Muqlis Borhan 21-16, 21-8.

Skipper Muqlis said it was disappointing to end the inter-regu event with the silver medal, although it was still better than their bronze medal finish at 2011 Palembang SEA Games.

“I think they (Thailand) were a bit nervous initially. We should have taken advantage of that ... and then in the second set they failed to find their rhythm,” said the 23-year-old Muqlis.

Tekong Izurin blamed his serve for the defeat, saying “it wasn’t as sharp as I wanted it to be”.

“I had a game plan going into the match. But when I saw Yupadee opening up space on the left, I was tempted to place it (serve) there but I ended up missing a number of them,” said the 22-year-old Izurin.

 “I also found it difficult to read the Thai tekong’s service.”

Thailand also won the women’s inter-regu gold medal after beating Laos 21-16, 21-14 in the round-robin format.

Myanmar finished second after beating Vietnam 21-15, 21-18.

Laos and Vietnam took home the bronze medals while winless Malaysia finished rock bottom.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, sepaktakraw

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