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Indonesia sprints to top of medal table

07 December, 2015   Simon Evans

7 dec round up Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Thuy (C) crosses the finish line first to win the women's 100m T43/44 final. Photo: Suki Singh / SAPGOC

Sunday’s haul of nine gold medals took Indonesia’s total in athletics to 19 and they were particularly impressive in 100 metres contests.

Mulyono in T42, Rasyidi in T44 and Setiyo Budihartanto in T47 secured a hat-trick of golds in the marquee sprint event after Felipus Kolymau had won the men’s 400 meters T20 final.

Not to be outdone, Indonesia’s women sprinters responded with Nanda Mei Sholihah winning the 100 metres T45/46/47 and Insan Nurhaida taking gold in the 200 metres T35/36.

The medal tally was further boosted by Yahya’s gold in the men’s discus F44, Setiyo Budihartanto gaining his second gold of the day with victory in the men’s triple jump F45/46/47.

A memorable day for Indonesia was completed when Timin won the final race of Sunday’s programme — the men’s 1500 metres T37.

There was a third medal for one of the oldest performers at the APG - Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thuy who won the women’s 100 metres T43/44 on Sunday to add to her bronze in long jump and gold in 200 metres.

7 dec round up Indonesia's Felipus Kolymau (158) competes in the men's 400m T20 final. Photo: Suki Sing / SAPGOC

Thailand will take plenty of consolation however from their continued domination in shooting, winning both golds at stake at Yishun Safra on Sunday.

Thailand has won all six golds on offer at the APG so far.

In the R5 10M Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2 event, Chatchai Senachan, a World Cup silver medallist, took home the gold with a score of 210.3 points, with compatriot Tanong Channam finishing second with 209.3.

In the R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 competition, Thailand's Atidet Intanon (210.2), Woraprat Sirisak (206.7) and Jiradet Rodtapao (185.9) finished in the top three places.

However, the APG's rules meant bronze was awarded to Indonesia's Aris Haryadi (165.4).

Vietnam are the top performers in the pool so far - and they added four more gold medals to their record at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Sunday - two of them from Vo Huynh Anh Khoa.

7 dec round up David Beckham watches the round robin match for Football 5-aside: Singapore vs Thailand. Photo: Reuters for SAPGOC

Pham Anh Tu won the men’s 400 metres freestyle S11, Vo Hyynh Anh Khoa won the men’s 100 me butterfly S9 and the men’s 400 metres freestyle S9. Vietnam also won the men’s 4x50 metres Medley relay.

There was much excitement at the Football 5-A-Side where David Beckham showed up to take in some of the action. The former England international and Manchester United favourite met with fans and volunteers while on the court, Thailand beat Singapore 5-0 and Malaysia and Vietnam ended their game goalless.