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Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand claim two berths apiece for Nanjing Youth Olympics

Twenty-seven young beach pairs from 18 countries participated in the qualification tournamant

Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, April 6, 2014 – Two of Indonesia’s beach volleyball pairs will be headed to the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014, after qualifying at Khanom Beach, Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat on Sunday.

At the conclusion of the three-day competition, where the top six teams in each gender qualifyed one team from their country for the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014, teams from Indonesia, Kazakhstan and hosts Thailand booked two tickets, including one apiece in the boys’ and girls’ categories.

Twenty-seven young beach pairs from 18 countries, including 15 boys' teams, participated in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.

Mohhamad Ashfiya and Licaro Rendy Ferdinan – who sent Iranians Mirbabak Mousavigargari and Rasoul Aghchehili packing with a scintillating 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) win in the semi-finals earlier – handed Indonesia the first gold medal in the boys' competition following the stunning 2-0 (22-20, 21-19) victory over Thailand's Surin Jongklang and Banlue Nakprakhong in the hard-fought final thriller.

The in-form Thai tandem made their mark to storm into the final clash after outclassing Sri Lankans Isuru Madushan Siddihaluge/Chamika Perera Sandaruwan 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) in the other semi-final encounter.

 The third-place playoff saw a tough three-set battle of Iranians Mirbabak and Rasoul, who claimed the 2-1 (21-18, 14-21, 15-5) win over Sri Lankans Isuru Madushan and Chamika Perera.

 In the classification round, Kazakhstan's Yegor Dmitriyev and Sergey Polichshuk  took the fifth position, after beating Austrailia’s Moore Timothy and Robinson Kahurangi 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) in 37 minutes.

In the girls' competition, Nanda Ragillia and Maria Dwiningtyas – who thrashed Vietnamese Tu Thi Thu Van/Thi Bich Vi 21-13 21-16 in the first semi-final clash – gave Indonesia a clean sweep after pulling off a  nail-biting 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-12) victory over Britany Kendall and Bell Phoebe in the final showdown. The Aussies downed Taiwanese Song Yu Rong and Pan Tsu Yi in the semi-finals 21-15 21-14.

In the playoffs earlier, Taiwanese Song Yu Rong and Pan Tsu Yi clinched third place after brushing off Vietnamese Tu Thi Thu Van and Thi Bich Vi 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) in 30 minutes. The fifth position went to Thailand's Sirinuch Kawfong and Saowaros Tangkaeo, who delighted home fans with an impressive 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) win over Kazakhstan's Yekaterina Lassyuta and Anastassiya Tuktareva.

The remaining slots in the boys’ event were won by teams from Iran, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, while Australia, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam shared one berth each in the girls’ competition.

The participating countries included Sri Lanka (1 boys' team, 1 girls' team), Australia (1-1), Maldives (1-0), Solomon Islands (0-1), Vietnam (0-1), Hong Kong (0-1), Chinese Taipei (1-1), Kazakhstan (1-1), Singapore (1-0), Guam (1-1), Vanuatu (1-0), New Zealand (1-1), Iran (1-0), Japan (1-1), Thailand (1-1), Saudi Arabia (1-0), Qatar (1-0), Indonesia (1-1).

The Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 will be held at the Olympic Sports Park in Nanjing, China from August 17 to 27.  

Team rankings

Boys: 1. Indonesia; 2. Thailand; 3. Iran; 4. Sri Lanka; 5. Kazakhstan; 6. New Zealand; 7. Qatar; 8. Japan; 9. Guam, Vanuatu, Australia, Chinese Taipei; 13. Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Singapore

Girls: 1. Indonesia; 2. Australia; 3. Chinese Taipei; 4. Vietnam; 5. Thailand; 6. Kazakhstan; 7. Hong Kong; 8. Sri Lanka; 9. Solomon Islands, Guam, New Zealand, Japan

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