Double gold for the Thai spikers

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Thailand completed a golden double in SEA Games volleyball after both the women and men’s teams won in the finals on Sunday.

The women’s team defeated Indonesia 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 26-24), while the men’s squad also beat the same country 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20).

With the triumphs, the Thais continued their dominance in the sport.

It is the Thai women’s 11th consecutive — and 13th overall — title at the biennial event.

The Thai men have now claimed the crown four times in a row.

In the women’s event, the Thais didn’t drop a set on their way to winning the title at the biennial tournament.

Indonesia, who also lost to Thailand 3-0 in the group match, put up a much stronger fight in the gold medal match yesterday but the Thais were still a class above when it came to decisive moments.

Nootsara Tomkom, Hattaya Bamrungsuk, Chatchu-on Moksri, Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Piyanut Pannoy were in the starting line-up for Thailand as coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul made his intentions clear.

Thailand finished as runners-up to Japan at the Asian Women’s Championship in the Philippines last week. – Bangkok Post

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