Singapore and Thailand Dominate South East Asian Junior Championships
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Maz Poungsrin a member of the successful Thailand Boys' Team
Photo By: Michael Brown
Thailand and Singapore dominated the team events at the 18th South East Asian Junior Championships staged in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta from Friday 1st to Tuesday 5th June 2012.
The Boys’ Team event saw Thailand clinch gold with Singapore securing the silver medal.
Conversely the Girls’ Team competition saw Singapore win gold with Thailand gaining the silver medal.
Represented by players who are no strangers to the ITTF Junior Circuit the trio comprising Padasak Tanviriyavechakul, Max Poungsri and Suchat Pitgulsiri guided Thailand Boys’ Team gold.
Victorious Girls In the counterpart Girls’ Team competition Isabelle Siyun Li, Ang Wang Qi and Ng Vue Qi brought Singapore success.
Qualified for Jiangyin Singapore and Thailand will represent South East Asia in the forthcoming 18th Asian Junior Championships to be held in Jiangyin, China from Wednesday 11th to Monday 16th July 2012.
Second place in the Boys’ Team event went to the Singapore team of Ying Jing Yuan, Clarence Chew and Tay Jit Kiat with Thailand’s Tamolwan Khetkuen, Rattanavengsa Rattanapoe and Pannak Piyaporn being the Girls’ Team silver medallists.
Bronze Medals Indonesia (Arief, Defri Sukti, Danang) and Malaysia (Muhammad Ashraf, Foo Dunley, Chhe Kien Ee) finished in third and fourth places respectively in the Boys’ Team event; whilst in the Girls’ Team competition Vietnam (Nguyen Thi Vet Linh, Nguyen Thinga, Nguyen Hong Tam) and Malaysia (Ho Ying, Lee Rou You, Chua Wan Zhen) concluded matters in joint third place.
Presentations Presentations were made by Chan Foong Keong, Secretary-General, Souh East Asian Table Tennis Association.
The podium for the Junior Girls' Team event Photo courtesy of Christine Chee