Monday, November 14, 2011

SEA GAMES: Malaysia Win Seven Gold Medals On Day Three Of 26th Sea Games

JAKARTA, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- Malaysia bagged seven gold medals on Day Three of the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia today, bringing the total number of gold medals collected so far to nine.

Five of the seven gold medals were won in Jakarta through karate and fencing, while the other two were won in Palembang through diving and athletics.

Malaysia are now in 5th place in the medal tally with nine gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze.

Host Indonesia are still leading with 40 gold, 29 silver and 21 bronze, followed by Thailand (20, 16, 24), Vietnam (17, 18, 19) and Singapore (12, 12, 17).

The Philippines are now in the 6th place with five gold, nine silver and 13 bronze, followed by Myanmar (0, 5, 9), Laos (0, 3, 7) and Brunei (0, 1, 1).

Cambodia and Timor Leste, however, have yet to collect any medals.

The national under-23 football squad coached by Ong Kim Swee is getting closer to retaining the gold medal from Laos SEA Games after thrashing Cambodia 4-1.

Malaysia will play against Indonesia in the Group A final on Nov 17 and only need a draw to advance to the semi-final.

The Malaysian karate squad was the biggest contributor of gold medals today with four gold medals.

The medals were contributed by Shaharudin Jamaludin (men's below 75kg kumite), R. Loganeshaa Rao (men's below 55kg kumite), G. Yamini (women's below 61kg kumite) and K. Teagarajan (men's below 84kg kumite).

The squad had also met the four gold medals target set by the National Sports Council.

However, the most significant gold medal for the Malaysian contingent is contributed by the fencing squad after Joshua Koh beat Indonesian Muhammad Haerullah 12-6 in the final of the Epee individual men's event.

Joshua's success ended the squad's 22-year gold medal drought after winning their last gold in the Kuala Lumpur edition of the SEA Games in 1989.

In the badminton arena in Istora Senayan here, the Malaysian women's badminton team shared the bronze medal with Singapore.

Malaysia's team went down 1-3 to Indonesia's while Singapore lost 0-3 to Thailand in another semi-final match.

In Palembang, Lo Choon Sieng won the men's 20km walk gold medal for the Malaysian contingent, and made up for the disappointment of getting disqualified in Laos two years ago.

Lo bagged the gold medal by clocking 1 hour 32.34 minutes.

Meanwhile, Malaysian divers, Leong Mun Yee and Ng Yan Yee, also proved their prowess at Jakabaring Aquatics Centre to clinch the gold medal in the women's 3m springboard synchronised event.

The duo scored 296.10 points to defeat Indonesian duo Natalie Dinda and Dewi Setyaningsih, who only managed to score 250.20 points and had to settle for silver.

The Philippines duo Sheila Mae Perez and Ceseil Domensio took the bronze with 243.12 points.

Tomorrow, 54 gold medals are at stake in aquatics (nine), athletics (10), cycling (one), fencing (two), gymnastics (two), karate (two), roller-skating (four), shooting (three), table-tennis (one), taekwondo (six), vovinam (seven) and wrestling (five).

Malaysia, however, are not competing in the vovinam (Vietnamese martial art) and wrestling events.


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