Despite scoring, Thailand could not overcome Malaysia in the Football 5-a-side final, losing 1-2 and had to settle for silver. Photo: Flona Hakim / SAPGOC
Malaysia were crowned gold medal champions in the ASEAN Para Games five-a-side football competition on Tuesday after defeating defending champions Thailand in the final game of the group.
The Malaysians were worthy champions in the competition for blind footballers which took place at the Marina Bay Sands Hall B.
With the exciting 2-1 win, the Malaysians ended their campaign on top of the four-team group on seven points while Thailand finished a point behind.
Ahmad Fikri grabbed the winner for Malaysia with a fine solo goal after Thailand’s Kittikorn Baodee had cancelled out Mohamed Zamha’s opener.
Thailand had a chance to level things up near the end when they were awarded a penalty but Panyawaut Kupan was unable to convert.
"We've developed the game since 2009 and we lost to Thailand in 2014. This joy is so meaningful,” said Malaysian coach Shalesh Manickavasagam.
Vietnam took the bronze medal after their 2-0 victory over hosts Singapore earlier in the day put them in third spot.
The final day of Badminton action at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 concluded with Indonesia confirming their prowess on the court - they claimed a total of eight gold medals and 19 medals in total in the sport throughout the APG.
There was a win for Indonesia in the women’s singles SL4 with Leani Ratri Oktila taking gold and the men’s pair of Dwiyoko and Fredy Setiawan won the men’s doubles SL3/4. Both those events were all-Indonesian finals.
Later in the mixed doubles Oktila and Setiawan teamed-up to win gold against the Thai pair of Seangsupa and Saengarayakul.
Earlier in the day, Ukun Rukaendi won the men’s singles SL3 for Indonesia.
A memorable week in the OCBC Aquatic Arena came to an end with 17-year-old Thai starlet Anchaya Kekeaw making it seven golds out of seven races with victory in the women’s 200 metres individual medley SM9.
Vietnam ended with the best record in the pool with 19 gold medals - the final one being claimed by Vo Thanh Tung in the men’s 50 metres S5 backstroke.
Wednesday will see Thailand face Malaysia in the men’s Goalball final after they won their respective semi-finals. Thailand beat Lao PDR 13-3 while Malaysia won a thrilling encounter with Indonesia 17-12.
The table tennis action wrapped up on Tuesday with Thailand and Indonesia having dominated the medals. The Thais finished with 17 golds and 38 medals overall while Indonesia had the same overall haul but were two behind in golds.
Wednesday sees a number of finals in team sports - Thailand and Malaysia clash in the final of the men’s wheelchair basketball while in CP Football Myanmar take on the Thais.
Thailand head the medal standings going into the final day of the Games.