The SMM 2nd Asian U21 Est Cola Beach Volleyball Championships was held in Roi Et, Thailand from March 2 to 4. Four (4) Southeast Asian countries took part at the three-day beach volleyball tournament. These SEA nations were Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and host Thailand.
At the conclusion of this tournament, Thailand's Marudet Buntem and Jatoopon Saenyoot finished runner up behind this year's champion from Australia's Paul Burnett and Marcus Ferguson in the men's category. The Aussies defeated the Thai team in straight sets 21-17, 21-13. In third place or bronze medal match, another Thai team composed of Konsiphong Vaikuntha-anuchit and Keattisak Naksompoi defeated its rivals from Iran in a commanding scores of 21-19, 24-22.
In the women's division, it was the tandem of Pawarun Chanthawichai and Thatsarida Singchuea from Thailand that won the title. They defeated their Japanese rivals in two-to-one sets (21-16 17-21 15-10). Third place went to Indonesians Maria Dwiningtyas and Rahayu Vitria Dwi who won over the team from Vanuatu.
Over-all, our Southeast Asian teams ended a successful campaign in this under-21 championships. Four of the six podium places were occupied by our SEA athletes.
Below were the names of athletes who participated in this competition:
For Women's team event:
Indonesia: Maria Dwiningtyas & Vitria Dwi Rahayu (Third Place/Bronze)
Singapore: Hui Hui Eliza Chong & Gladys Lee (17th Place)
- THA1: Sirinuch Kawfong & Saranya Laesood (5th Place)
- THA2: Kaewta Noramart & Nasuda Janmong (9th Place)
- THA3: Pawarun Chanthawichai & Thatsarida Singchuea (Champion)
- THA4: Kanyanee Kaewkepkham & Phatsurinyo Inchaiya (6th Place)
Vietnam: Doan Huynh Yen Le & Duong Thi My Huyen (13th Place)
For Men's U21 event
Indonesia: Ilham Akbar & Dimas Agung Wirachmat (6th Place)
Singapore: Wei Liang Wilson Peh & Ray Meng Travis Tan (17th Place)
- THA1: Marudet Buntem & Jatoopon Saenyoot (2nd Place/Silver)
- THA2: Chamnan Phiset & Akkarapon Tumdee (15th Place)
- THA3: Konsiphong Vaikuntha-anuchit & Keattisak Naksompoi (3rd Place/Bronze)
- THA4: Phanupong Thanan & Pichakon Narathon (9th Place)
Vietnam: Lam Toi Nguyen & Nhat Hao Do (17th Place)
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