Thai women's spikers going for gold at Asian Games

Thai women's spikers going for gold at Asian Games

Thailand will play seven-time champions China

Women's national volleyball team players celebrate after beating South Korea during the semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Friday. (EPA-EFE photo)
Women's national volleyball team players celebrate after beating South Korea during the semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Friday. (EPA-EFE photo)

Thai women's volleyball team made history on Friday after defeating South Korea and booking themselves a place in the final for the first time.

The Thai team fought with determination and experience to overcome the Koreans 3-1 (25-15, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22).

Pluemjit Thinkaow's last spike touched a Korean player and the ball went out during the matchpoint, bringing victory for the Thai players.

The Thais are in the final of the Asian Games for the first time. Their previous best performance was in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. They received the bronze, the first medal in the Games for Thai volleyball in 48 years.

This time, they are vying for the gold and are guaranteed the silver if they lose in the final match on Saturday.

The team will play seven-time champions China, who on Friday beat Japan 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-20).

Fans cheer their Thai women's volleyball team during the semifinal match on Friday. (EPA-EFE photo)


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