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Oriental Games: Thailand and Myanmar control

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Asian Online games: Thailand and Myanmar dominate

The Asian Games came to the conclusion in early October, and though Thailand bagged the four gold medals that will everyone expected, it was pleasing to find out Myanmar win two of the sepaktakraw events.

The rules of the Asian Games stated that nations could only enter two of the three sepaktakraw disciplines (doubles, team and regu), with the exception of the sponsor nation Korea who were allowed in most three.

Thailand thus did not enter the men’s or women’s doubles, which meant that there was a rare opportunity for other countries to secure gold medals. In the men’s, Myanmar upset the home team in the final, squeezing past them 21-19, 21-18. Kim Youngman as striker along with Jeong Won Deok in the backcourt were the Korean starters, along with Im An Soo the substitute at the net – famous names all three – but Zaw Aung Zaw and Lin Aung Wai, with Latt Zaw at the bench, got the better of them.

Myanmar’s women then made it double gold, defeating Laos in the final, also in straight pieces (21-16, 21-15). Kyu Thin and Phyu Than were the starters, with Hnin Wai as backup, and it will be interesting to see the way they perform in the ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15 ELITE series.

Within the team event, Myanmar came enormous close to knocking the Thai ladies off their perch before going lower 2-0 in the final. Thailand had a first regu of Wanwisa Jankaen, Fueangfa Praphatsarang and Masaya Duangsri (all of whom had been rested in the early stages) and they discovered themselves level at 1-1 within their best-of-three against Hnin Wai, Slim Zar and Su Myat San. The Thais dug deep to win the decider to take a 1-0 lead, and then the second team of Somruedee Pruepruk, Sunthari Rupsung and Kaewjai Pumsawangkaew won their rubber 2-0 to ensure gold for the Thais.

Interestingly, gamers of the ilk of Rungtip Tanaking and Payom Srihongsa were not incorporated into any of the three teams in the final.

The Thai men had an easier time of things in the final, their opening team of Anuwat Chaichana, Sittipong Khamchan and Pattarapong Yupadee defeating Korea (Im An Soo, Park Hyeon Geun, Jeong Won Deok) 21-10, 21-9 and the second team of Pornchai Kaokaew, Siriwat Sakha and Suriyan Peachan winning their rubber 21-16, 21-14 against Kim Youngman, Shim Jae Chul and Sin Seung Tae.

Thailand got defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the semis, Zamree Dahan, Syazreenqamar Salehan and Syahir Rosdi losing the first rubber 21-16, 21-10 then Izurin Refin, Fadzli Roslan and Muqlis Borhan going down 21-14, 21-11 in the 2nd. This was the first time that Malaysia hadn’t made the final of the team occasion since 1990, when sepaktakraw has been introduced to the Asian Games.

The regu event, that is the format used by the ISTAF SuperSeries, saw Thailand defeat Korea 2-0 in both the men’s and the women’s. Wanwisa, Fueangfa and Masaya (with Sunthari and Payom because substitutes) defeated Kim Iseul, Shelter Jinhee and Lee Minju 21-12, 21-16. Pornchai, Sittipong and Pattarapong (supported by Anuwat and Siriwat) then saw off Im, Park and Jeong 21-16, 21-14.

Malaysia (with Fadzli Roslan back in the squad in the continued absence of Norshahruddin) and Myanmar made the men’s semi-finals which bodes properly for the forthcoming ISS 2014/15 Myanmar, beginning on 30 October in Naypyitaw. And in the women’s, China and taiwan and Indonesia were the bronze medallists, meaning that Vietnam (who failed to enter the regu) and Malaysia (who lost to Korea and Asia in the group stages) will have their work cut out in ISS competitors.

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Oriental Games: Thailand and Myanmar control

The Asian Online games concluded in early October, and though Asia bagged the four gold medals that everyone expected, it was attractive to see Myanmar win two of the sepaktakraw events.

The guidelines of the Asian Games stated that will countries could only enter two of the three sepaktakraw disciplines (doubles, team and regu), with the exception of the host nation Korea who were permitted in all three.

Asia therefore did not enter the men’s or women’s doubles, which meant that there was a rare opportunity for other nations to secure gold medals. In the men’s, Myanmar upset the home team in the final, squeezing past them 21-19, 21-18. Kim Youngman as striker with Jeong Won Deok in the backcourt were the Korean starters, with Im An Soo the substitute at the net – famous names all three – but Zaw Aung Zaw and Lin Aung Wai, with Latt Zaw on the bench, got the better of these.

Myanmar’s women then made it double gold, defeating Laos in the final, also in directly sets (21-16, 21-15). Kyu Slim and Phyu Than were the starters, with Hnin Wai because back-up, and it will be interesting to find out how they perform in the ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15 ELITE series.

In the team event, Myanmar came mighty close to knocking the Thailänder women off their perch before going down 2-0 in the final. Asia had a first regu of Wanwisa Jankaen, Fueangfa Praphatsarang and Masaya Duangsri (all of whom have been rested in the early stages) and they also found themselves level at 1-1 in their best-of-three against Hnin Wai, Thin Zar and Su Myat San. The Thais dug serious to win the decider to consider a 1-0 lead, and then the second team of Somruedee Pruepruk, Sunthari Rupsung and Kaewjai Pumsawangkaew won their rubber 2-0 to ensure gold for the Thais.

Interestingly, players of the ilk of Rungtip Tanaking and Payom Srihongsa were not included in any of the three teams in the final.

The Thailänder men had an easier time of items in the final, their opening team of Anuwat Chaichana, Sittipong Khamchan and Pattarapong Yupadee defeating Korea (Im An Soo, Park Hyeon Geun, Jeong Won Deok) 21-10, 21-9 and the second team of Pornchai Kaokaew, Siriwat Sakha and Suriyan Peachan winning their rubber 21-16, 21-14 against Kim Youngman, Shim Jae Chul and Sin Seung Tae.

Asia had defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the semis, Zamree Dahan, Syazreenqamar Salehan and Syahir Rosdi losing the very first rubber 21-16, 21-10 then Izurin Refin, Fadzli Roslan and Muqlis Borhan going down 21-14, 21-11 in the second. This was the first time that Malaysia had not made the final of the team event since 1990, when sepaktakraw was introduced to the Asian Online games.

The regu occasion, which is the format used by the ISTAF SuperSeries, saw Thailand defeat Korea 2-0 in both the men’s and the women’s. Wanwisa, Fueangfa and Masaya (with Sunthari and Payom as substitutes) defeated Kim Iseul, Lee Jinhee and Lee Minju 21-12, 21-16. Pornchai, Sittipong and Pattarapong (supported by Anuwat and Siriwat) then saw off I am, Park and Jeong 21-16, 21-14.

Malaysia (with Fadzli Roslan back in the squad in the continued absence of Norshahruddin) and Myanmar made the men’s semi-finals which bodes well for the forthcoming ISS 2014/15 Myanmar, beginning on 30 Oct in Naypyitaw. And in the women’s, China and Indonesia were the bronze medallists, meaning that Vietnam (who did not enter the regu) and Malaysia (who lost to Korea and Thailand in the group stages) may have their work cut out in ISS competition.

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