Both the men’s and the women’s teams have triumphed in the finals of the sepak takraw tournament at the 26th SEA Games at the Jakabaring Sports Center in Indonesia.
The women trounced arch-rivals Vietnam 15-13 15-10 15-13 to claim the team gold for the sixth consecutive time, while the men, spearheaded by veteran Pornchai Kaokaew, made quick work of the hosts, cruising to their 12th gold medal in the Games via a scoreline of 15-6 15-7 15-5.
The result of the showdown was a big relief for the Thais after Indonesia put up a gutsy fight in the pool competition, taking the Kingdom's squad to five sets.
"We learned a lesson from that match and did some homework to fix the problems. We didn't expect an easy game today. The credit goes to the staff coaches for a good game plan, then a terrific performance by the players - especially Weerawut Na Nongkhai who served brilliantly,'' said team manager Tawat Kumutpongpanich.
"I'm so proud of this gold medal. I hope it will put a smile on the face of people in Thailand. They have suffered a lot due to the floods,'' said Pornchai.
Women's team manager Pairoj Archarungroj said his charges fought valiantly to retain their grip on the gold in the second set when they were trailing 9-5.
"They were really focused even when they were down. It was a satisfying result and I hope they will keep up the good work in the regu event," he said.
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