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2017-07-31 12:13:00 CEST

Thailand all smiles despite elimination

Their Viennese odyssey may be over, but that didn’t stop Radarong/Udomchavee from enjoying their time in Austria

Their FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 may have come to an end, but nothing could wipe the smile from the faces of Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee.

The Thai pair bowed out of the competition at the hands of Russia on Monday, but they leave Vienna with plenty of vital experience, skills and, most importantly, a whole lot of fun.

If that wasn’t enough, the competition’s 37th seeds also got the chance to play on Red Bull Beach Arena in front of thousands of fans, memories that will surely stick with them for a lifetime.

And it is those good moments they are keen to cherish, delighted to share the experience with plenty of friends and family on the Danube Island.

“We did the best that we could, some points we didn’t do as well as we would have liked but we tried very hard and that’s what we are happy with,” said Radarong.

“It was a big match and big tournament for us, there were some very tough teams and a lot of good players who came so it was difficult, particularly against the home Austrian team that we played.

“We both had lots of family here supporting us, everybody stayed here to watch us in the competition and that means a lot.”

This duo are one of the most experienced on the Asian scene, celebrating their 10-year anniversary as a partnership in this, their third World Championships so far.

They also played at the last two tournaments, finishing 37th in Poland and the Netherlands, but that doesn’t mean they are keen to stop learning any time soon.

Radarong added: “We have played with some of the best players in the world, that is a really good experience for us to be able to take away.

“We didn’t have the results that we wanted but we have shown we can do it and that we have the ability against the best teams.

“That is really important for us, and we hope we can keep doing better over the next few years.”

The last match in Pool L sees home favorites Katharina Schutzenhofer and Stefanie Schwaiger take on Kristyna Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova from the Czech Republic at 4pm CET. That game, and all the others from Vienna, are live on BeachStream. Click here to sign-up!

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