Thailand beat Malaysia 3-0 to win gold medal from the men’s sepak takraw team in the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia on Saturday (Aug 19).
The Thai defending champion sepak takraw team won Malaysia 3-0 in the men’s team regu event for their 16th gold medal in this category at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium this morning.
Thailand have won three gold medals including the first one from men’s chinlone event 1, the second gold from women’s polo team, which beat Singapore 5-1 this morning.
Thailand have won the gold medal for the sepak takraw team regu competition in every edition of the games since 1993.
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Posted by Thai PBS English News on Saturday, 19 August 2017
Malaysia had started well at the 2017 SEA Games with a 3-0 win over Brunei in yesterday’s morning, but a surprise 1-2 loss to Indonesia later at night forced them to need a 3-0 win against Thailand to stand a chance of winning gold.
Malaysia first regu put up a strong resistance against the Thais but ultimately lost 15-21, 17-21.
It got worse as Thailand completely dominated the second (21-10, 21-6) and third regu matches (21-9, 21-8).
With no defeats in three games, Thailand won gold again, while Indonesia got silver.
The defeat, coupled with Indonesia’s win over Brunei, saw Malaysia to finish in third place and shared the bronze with Brunei.
After the winning, Thailand Team A sepak takraw player Pornchai Kaokaew said he would give this gold medal to boost the morale of his Isan (northeastern) fellow countrymen who had suffered hard from massive flooding last month.
He said he and his colleagues had played fully hard and well because they wanted the Thai people to have happiness and cheers amid the hardship from floods.
The winning today is his 12th medal in SEA games.
Pornchai will hold Thai national flag in the march of Thai national athletes to the stadium this evening in the opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Thailand hope to sweep the remaining four gold medals in the men and women separk takraw competitions.