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Thailand’s Olympic Volleyball Hopes Dashed by South Korea

Thailand set up the showdown after defeating Kazakhstan, while South Korea defeated Taiwan in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Thailand’s Olympic Hopes for the Thai women’s volleyball team ended on Sunday with a defeat by South Korea in the Asian Olympic qualification tournament.

The South Korean volleyball team overpowered Thailand 3-0 in the decider of the in front of a packed Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Koreans’ stiff defence and decisive offence throughout the 75-minute match proved too strong for the Thai hosts. The Korean win ended the Thai spikers’ hopes to earn the last spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

Tichakorn Boonlert top-scored with 24 points, followed by Yupa Sanitklang with 22 points. Lee Jaeyeong and Kim Yoen Koung led their teams with 18 points each.

Thailand set up the showdown after defeating Kazakhstan, while South Korea defeated Taiwan in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The winner from the Asian qualification event will join four winners from the Europe; North America; South America; and also Africa qualifying tournaments in Tokyo.

Japan have automatically qualified as hosts while Serbia, China, the United States, Brazil, Russia and Italy have booked their Tokyo tickets after winning intercontinental qualifiers in August last year.

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