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27TH SEA Games: Thai sprint stars shine at Wunna Theikdi

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Thailand’s Jirappong Meenapra (2nd from right) underlined his status as Southeast Asia’s fastest man after racing to the 100m men’s gold with 10.48 seconds. (photo by John Yeong/SSC).


27th SEA Games 2013, Myanmar


Thailand’s reputation as the region’s powerhouses for sprinting was further underlined today after a series of sterling performances on the track. Having won the 4x100m men’s relay gold on Monday, Thailand’s Jirapong Meenapra proved his status as the fastest man in Southeast Asia when he raced to the men’s 100m gold in 10.48 seconds.

Jirappong beat Indonesia’s silver medalist Iswandi Iswandi (10.51 sec) and bronze winner Muhammad Amirudin Jamal (10.55 sec) of Singapore. Amirudin’s Singapore teammate and Olympian Gary Yeo managed a fifth placed finish with a time of 10.70 sec for the event.

Thai athletes also dominated in the women’s 100m with Neeranuch Klomdee (11.85) and Tassaporn Wannakit (11.91) taking the silver and bronze respectively. Vietnam’s Thi Huong Vu clinched the gold medal with an 11.59 seconds finish.

Eric Shauwn Cray of the Philippines bagged the gold medal in the men’s 400m hurdles, after finishing well ahead of the rest of his competitors with a 51.29 sec run. Indonesia’s Andrain Andrian took silver with 51.74 and Vietnam’s Xuan Cuong Dao took the bronze.

In the women’s 400m hurdles event, Thailand’s Wassana Winatho added another gold medal to her tally having already won the heptathlon on Monday. She finished with 58.85 sec on the clock, ahead of Thi Lan Quach of Vietnam and Dipna Lim Prasad who took bronze.

Having already set a new national record at the recent Track and Field championships in Kuala Lumpur, Dipna smashed her own record again, this time with a 59.96 sec finish.

Table Tennis

In the first day of table tennis action, Singapore’s men and women table tennis teams swept aside Malaysia and Indonesia as both teams recorded 3-0 wins against their rivals in round one of the team competition.

All eyes were trained on Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Isabelle Li who did not disappoint. She overcome Indonesia’s Stella straight sets 11-8, 12-10, 11-9.

Isabelle Li (left) helped the Singapore’s women paddlers to a 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the opening round of table tennis competition on Tuesday. (photo by Guek Peng Siong).

Sepak Takraw

In Group A of men’s sepak takraw at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, Brunei beat Singapore 2-1 while Vietnam beat Cambodia in a walkover.

In Group B, Indonesia overcame Laos 3-0 while Myanmar, backed by a partisan home crowd, strolled to victory over Malaysia 3-0.

Watch our highlights show for more action.



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