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27th SEA Games: Indonesia, Thailand progress to football finals

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Singapore’s curse of never having won a SEA Games football gold medal continued after falling to Thailand 0-1 at the semi-final stage at Zeyar Thiri Stadium (Photo by John Yeong/SSC).

27th SEA Games 2013, Myanmar


Indonesia and Thailand progressed to the men’s football finals on Thursday after overcoming Malaysia and Singapore in their respective semi-finals at Zeyar Thiri Football Stadium.

In a replay of the 2011 SEA Games football final in the day’s earlier semi-final fixture, Indonesia exacted revenge on Malaysia by knocking out the defending champions 4-3 on penalty kicks after extra time after the game had ended in a deadlock at 1-1 full-time. Thamil Arasu was both the hero and villain for Malaysia, first scoring the equaliser for his country to force the game into extra time, but then missing the decisive spot kick to send Malaysia into the bronze medal match instead.

Singapore’s SEA Games football curse continued for another Games after the Lions fell 0-1 to Thailand in the other semi-final. Singapore has never won gold in football for the SEA Games and a 23rd minute penalty kick by Praweenwat Boonyong condemned them to the same fate yet again. Singapore will now meet Malaysia in a rematch of the causeway derby for the bronze medal match on 21 Dec 2013.

Table Tennis

Over at Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, Singapore claimed double gold in table tennis after both male and female paddlers blanked Thailand in the team finals 3-0.

The men’s team comprising Zhan Jian, Li Hu and Chen Feng were a class above as they swept aside the challenges of Thailand’s paddlers. Thailand’s Wongsiri Nikom came the closest to defeating Zhan Jian forcing his match with the Singapore paddler to its fifth set before losing 2-3 eventually.

Singapore’s women paddlers led by Yu Mengyu were similarly in relentless form and completed the double gold to leave them just one gold medal short of the targeted 3 gold medals set at the start of the Games, with the individual competition set to go underway from Friday morning.

Both men’s and women’s table tennis teams had earlier overcome the challenge of Vietnam in the semi-finals in the morning of the same day.

Traditional Boat Race

Myanmar’s 10-crew women paddling home to yet another gold to make it 10 golds for the host nation in Traditional Boat Race competition at these SEA Games (photo by Stanley Cheah).

Host nation Myanmar dominated the Traditional Boat Race competition on Thursday at Ngalite Dam, grabbing four golds in 10-crew men, 10-crew women, 20-crew men, and 20-crew women races.

Myanmar won the 10-crew men race in 2 minutes 11.813 seconds ahead of Thailand (silver), and Indonesia (bronze). In a mirror image of the men’s competition, Myanmar’s 10-crew women beat off competition from the likes of Thailand (silver) and Indonesia (bronze) as well.

Myanmar’s 20-crew men raced to gold with a timing of 1:48.039, ahead of Thailand by 0.055 seconds in the closest fought race of the day. In the final race of the day, Myanmar’s 20-crew women finished in 1:59.635 minutes to win gold while Indonesia took silver and Thailand bronze.
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