Malaysia’s run in the 2nd Asian Sepaktakraw Championships 2016 came to an end in the semi-final stage on Saturday after they were beaten 2-0 by eventual champions Korea ‘A’ at the Jeongeup Stadium in Jeoungeup-Si, South Korea.
Malaysia, who were runners-up in the 2013 edition, fell to a shock defeat at the hands of the Korea ‘A’ team when they lost 17-21, 17-21.
The line-up of Sahidan Md Ali, Muhamad Nazmi Mohd Najib, Mohd Safarudin Abu Bakar, Muhammad Afifuddin Mohd Razali and Norshahruddin Mad Ghani were no match against Korea ‘A’s Park Hyeongeun, Shin Hanyoung, Hong Seunghyeon, Lee Junho and Jeong Youngman.
The defeat has Malaysia share the third place with China. The national team had earlier beaten India 21-10, 21-4 with a convincing performance in their last group stage match to secure a semi-final berth.
Hosts Korea ‘A’ went on to beat tournament favourites Thailand in the final to successfully defend their Asian Sepaktakraw Championships crown.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian women’s team also suffered the same fate as the men’s team when they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to eventual champions Thailand in the semi-finals of the women category on Saturday.
Malaysia’s quintet of Siti Norzubaidah Che Ab Wahab, Siti Nor Suhaida Jafri, Nurul Aqirah Mat Tahir, Elly Syahira Rosli and Nurul Izzatul Hikmah Md Zulkifli lost 21-9, 21-5 to Thailand’s Wanwisa Jankaen, Masaya Duangsri, Nipaporn Salupphon, Sasiwimol Janthasit and Somruedee Pruepruk.
After overcoming the odds to qualify for the semi-finals, the Malaysian team could not continue their fairy-tale run as the Thais once again proved why they are ranked number 1 in the world of sepaktakraw.
Roll of Honour
Men Champions: Korea ‘A’
Men Runners-up: Thailand
Men joint 3rd/4th place: Malaysia & China
Women Champions: Thailand
Women Runners-up: Korea ‘B’
Women joint 3rd/4th place: Malaysia & Korea ‘A’
Credits to: Asia Sports Ventures
Originally posted on www.sepaktakraw.org / www.stl.my