SINGAPORE – Hosts Singapore have surpassed their 50-gold target at the ongoing 28th SEA Games here even though the Games will only be ending in seven days.
After the fifth day of competition, they have collected 52 gold, 43 silver and 54 bronze, with swimming providing the highest number of gold medals at four.
Thailand overtook Vietnam to be in second place in the medal tally with 38 gold, 40 silver and 35 bronze while the latter’s tally is 33-16-38.
Malaysia are in fourth place with a haul of 21-26-31.
Athletics which opened yesterday was a harbinger of good tidings for Malaysia. It saw Muhammad Hakimi Ismail not only end an 18-year wait for the gold medal in the SEA Games triple jump event but also earning himself a name in the history books when he smashed the Games Record and national record as well.
The last time Malaysia won a SEA Games gold medal in that event was in Jakarta, Indonesia IN 1997 through Mohd Zaki Sadri who did 16.76m.
Muhammad Hakimi also erased the old record of 16.67m set by Nguyen Van Hung of Vietnam at the last edition of the Games in Myanmar.
However, the ‘blue ribbon’ 100m events belonged to two Filipino-Americans when Anise Kayla Richardson (11.76s) secured the gold medal in the women’s category while Eric Shauwn Cray (10.25s) won in the men’s category.
Besides Muhammad Hakimi, the contingent also added five gold medals, in diving (two), bowling (one) sailing (one) and artistic gymnastics (one).
The sixth day today offers the highest number of gold medals in 52 events, including athletics (12) and boxing (11). – Bernama