After stunning the 12-time champion and World No. 5 China in a five-set thriller, host Thailand defeated World No. 3 Japan 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 in the final of the 17th Asian women’s volleyball championship at Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday.

India defeated the Philippines 25-19, 25-22, 25-16 and finished 11th.

The results (semifinals): Thailand bt China 19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 16-14; Japan bt Korea 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20.

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