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Indonesia, Australia split titles at AVC Beach Volleyball U-21 Championships


19 May 2013
Chennai, India: Powerful Mohammad Ashiya and Rendy Licardo of Indonesia thrashed Kazakh pair Vladislav Pustynnikov and Sergy Bogatu 2-1 to capture the men's crown, while Australia’s Mariafe Artacho and Jessyka Ngauamo took the women’s gold with a straight set win over Japanese tandem of Chiyo Suzuki and Satono Ishitsubo at the AVC Beach Volleyball U-21 Championships on Sunday.

Twenty-two teams from eight countries pitted their expertise in the three-day event to vie for the top honours. Participating teams included Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan, Japan, Iran, Oman, Australia and Turkmenistan.

In the men's final clash, Mohammad Ashiya and Rendy Licardo of Indonesia, who entered the finals with a 21-12, 21-17 win over Kazakhstan 2's Viktor Pestov and Kirili Gurin in the semifinals, found Kazakhstan 1's Vladislav Pustynnikov and Sergy Bogatu a hard nut to eat, but they continued their remarkable run to win the first set 21-16.

Though in the see-saw second set the strong Kazakh duo came back to clinch it at 21-19 to level the score at one all, the Indonesians gave no chances to their rivals in the tiebreaker with 15-10, taking the gold medal in 47 minutes.

In the third place playoff, Australia’s Tomas Hodges and Malachi Murch, who earlier lost to their semifinal rivals Kazakhstan 1's Vladislav Pustynnikov and Sergy Bogatu 21-15, 21-14, found their form to beat Viktor Pestov and Kirili Gurin 2-0 (21-14, 21-19).

In the women's event, Australia’s Mariafe Artacho and Jessyka Ngauamo, following a well earned 2-0 (21-10, 21-14) victory over Indonesia’s Nanda Ragillia and Tyas Maria Dwining in the first semifinal Sunday morning, went on to beat Japanese tandem of Chiyo Suzuki and Satono Ishitsubo in straight sets 21-11, 21-12 to win their AVC Beach Volleyball U-21 Championships title.

The Japanese pair earned their final spot after winning a hard-fought semifinal match, where they rallied past to beat Kazakh duo Bakhtygul Samlikova and Lyubov Bogatu 2-1 (15-21, 21-18, 15-13)  Later on Sunday, the Kazakhs east past Nanda Ragillia and Tyas Maria Dwining of Indonesia 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) to win the bronze medal.

The top six national Federations qualified to play in the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championship to be held in Umag of Croatia. They are Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Australia, India, Oman and Japan for men and Australia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and India for women.

Standings:

Men
1.  Mohammad Ashiya/Rendy Licardo(INA)
2.  Vladislav Pustynnikov/Sergy Bogatu(KAZ 1)
3.  Tomas Hodges/Malachi Murch(AUS)
4.  Viktor Pestov/Kirili Gurin(KAZ 2)
5.  Yogaraja Chitairaipandi / Rajkumar Chandran (IND 1)
5   Shanakar Vaspari / Maheshkumar Charka (IND 2)
7   Aaron Pereora / Javid Khan Samsu (IND 3)
7   Faisal Alshezawi/Ahmad Albalushi(OMA 1)
9   Mekan Massarov/Begli Myratgeldivev(TKM 1)
9   Adam Aljalabdubi/Faisal Alhashmi(OMA 2)
9   Satonori Hasegawa/Yu Hidaka(JPN2)
9   Ezizmyrat Gayipov/Agageldi Chariyev(TKM 2)
9   Kai Kurokawa/Yuto Iwashita(JPN 1)
14 Behnam Tavakovli/Kambiz Kalteh(IRI 1)
14 Rasoul Khajeh/Abdollah Izadi(IRI 2)

Women
1.  Mariafe Artacho/Jessyka Ngauamo(AUS)
2.  Chiyo Suzuki/Satono Ishitsubo(JPN)
3.  Bakhtygul Samlikova/Lyubov Bogatu(KAZ)
4.  Nanda RagilliaTyas Maria Dwining(INA)
5.  Chiaki Nakamaru?Riha Nakada(JPN 2)
5.  Deepika Rajamanikam?Eshwari Sekar (IND 1)
7.  Anusha Vengadan? Athira Kanayamparambath(IND 4)
7.  Anila Savio/Aswathi Veluthondi Kunnu(IND 3)
9   Nivya Pannerselvam/Banu Priya Srinivasan(IND 2)
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