Thai spikers down Australia in bid for Olympic berth

Thai spikers down Australia in bid for Olympic berth

Thai players celebrate after beating Taiwan in the opener of the Asian Olympic qualification campaign in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday. (FIVB photo)
Thai players celebrate after beating Taiwan in the opener of the Asian Olympic qualification campaign in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday. (FIVB photo)

Thai spikers down Australia in bid for Olympic berth

The Thai team powered past Australia 25-12, 25-15, 25-13 for their second victory in the Asian Olympic qualification campaign at Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

They earned a 3-0 victory over Taiwan in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday.

“Australian players are tall and strong so we will have to be at our best. Hopefully the fans will come to give us support again,” team captain Nootsara Tomkom said before the match.

The three teams are in Pool A. Pool B groups South Korea, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Iran.

The two best teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday.

Only one team from the Asian qualification will earn a spot at the 2020 Olympic in Tokyo.

Japan have automatically qualified as hosts.

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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