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Date: 5/16/2017
 

From 8-15 May, the 6th Asian Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball Championships took place at the beach resort of Pattaya in Thailand. Featuring nine men’s teams and four women’s teams, the championship saw countries from across the continent battle it out for continental glory and the right to qualify directly through to the 2018 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships in Sochi, Russia.

 

Men’s Competition

Emerging as a new force in men’s beach handball in recent years, Qatar took their fourth-straight championship, despite a shock 2-0 (15:14, 19:18) loss to Oman in the final match of the group stage which had been preceded by 2-0 wins over Uzbekistan and Chinese Taipei.

 

In the semi-finals, they dispatched Vietnam easily 2-0 (26:6, 25:22) before meeting Oman in the final, who had beaten Iran in a semi-final penalty shoot-out 8:4 after a drawn game (10:8 and 12:15).

 

The final lived up to expectations as a tight first set saw Qatar squeeze past 15:14 before a powerful second period win (17:10) confirmed the game, and the title for the 2016 IHF Beach Handball World Championship bronze medallists.

 

In the third-place match Iran beat Vietnam 2-1 thanks to a 8:6 penalty shot win to confirm their place at the 2018 World Championship, alongside Qatar, Oman and fourth-placed Vietnam.

 

Women’s Competition

 

In the women’s tournament, played in a group format, Thailand got their home campaign off to a nervous start as they eventually beat China (2-1) 6:4 on penalty shots before defeating Vietnam and Chinese Taipei 2-0 in their other two group clashes to take the championship in front of joyous home support – it was their third straight title in a row after winning in 2013 and 2015.

 

Vietnam took second spot and Chinese Taipei finished in third with all three teams qualifying through to the Sochi next year.

 

FINAL RANKING

 

MEN

1. – GOLD Qatar

2. – SILVER Oman

3. – BRONZE Iran

4. Vietnam

5. Chinese Taipei

6. Thailand

7. United Arab Emirates

8. Uzbekistan

9. Afghanistan

 

WOMEN

1. – GOLD Thailand

2. – SILVER Vietnam

3. – BRONZE Chinese Taipei

4. China

 

Photos: AHF

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