Thailand, Vietnam crowned mena��s and womena��s world champions

KUALA TERENGGANU: Thailand continued their dominance in world sepak takraw after sweeping aside Indonesia 2-0 in the mena��s team final of the World Sepak Takraw Championships at Stadium Negeri here yesterday while Vietnam emerged as a new dominant force in the womena��s event.

It was Thailanda��s second consecutive world title on Malaysian soil as the Thais had also won the title when Penang hosted the championships last year.

Thailanda��s first regu, powered by Siriwat Sakha, Pattarapong Yupadel and Anuwat Chaichana easily swept aside Yudi Purnomo, Wisno Dwi and Suko Hartono 21-14, 21-9 for the first point.

The second Thai regu comprising Krisna Tanakorn, Kangsirod Sirisamudsan and Supachai Maneenat clinched the tie with another straight sets 21-15, 21-12 victory over Abrian, Samsul and Rizal.

Meanwhile, Vietnam who won all their four round robin matches, edged Thailand who had only two wins, for the womena��s team title while Indonesia took third place.

In the Division Two category, Malaysia C who beat Singapore, Brunei and India, clinched the title while India finished as runners-up. a�� Bernama

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