27th SEA Games: Singapore basketballers make history
15 December, 2013
Singapore’s Ng Han Bin (centre) and Russell Low (right) attempt to stop a Myanmar attack. Singapore won their final basketball match of the Games. Photo: Singapore Sports
27th SEA Games 2013, Myanmar
Singapore’s basketballers made history when they defeated host nation Myanmar with a score of 89-52 at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium to guarantee at least a bronze medal finish. This is the first time since the 1979 SEAP Games in which the island republic finished in the top three for men’s basketball.
Powerhouses Philippines underlined their dominance in the event by outshooting an inspired Indonesian side 83-52. Indonesia had previously held Philippines to an 18-18 score-line at the end of the first quarter.
In the second game of the day, Thailand made a narrow escape when they clung onto their lead to win a tough fought match 73-69 against Malaysia. Malaysia won the last quarter 22-13 but was unable to overturn the deficit having trailed earlier in the first two quarters 20-16 and 25-16.
Singapore’s swimmers were back to their best at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Pool as both Tao Li and Joseph Schooling delivered two gold medals each.
Joseph Schooling comfortably won the 100m butterfly final with a 52.67 sec finish, setting a new meet record and breaking the previous record that was set in 2011by Vietnam’s Hoang Quy Phuoc.
He was then part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay gold medal winning team, which also set a new SEA Games record time of 3:21.74seconds.
Tao Li edged out Singapore teammate Quah Ting Wen in the women’s 100m butterfly with a winning time of 59.87 seconds, as Singapore claimed Gold and Silver for the event. Tao also won the 100m backstroke final.
Indonesia led the way in archery at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Field on Saturday. In the women’s recurve qualification for 70m, 72 arrow play, all three archers from Indonesia sit atop the women’s recurve qualification table. For men’s recurve, two archers from Malaysia make up the top and third spot, while Indonesia sit in second after the qualification round.
Singapore’s Chan Jing Ru ranked 6th for women’s recurve, while Vanessa Loh ranked 10th, with both making it to the elimination round of 16 which will take place on Sunday.
For the recurve mixed team qualification round, Singapore ranked fourth with a total of 1270 points, while Team Singapore also ranked fourth for women’s recurve team with 1821 points.
Malaysia stole the headlines in Women’s hockey when they trounced Cambodia 36-0 in Yangon. In the day’s other matches, Thailand overcame Indonesia 3-0 after leading 2-0 at the half time break.
Singapore’s women were made to work hard but eventually won against host nation Myanmar 2-1 after leading 1-0 at the break.