SINGAPORE – The Malaysian SEA Games contingent added five gold medals on Day 7 of competitions to retain fourth spot in the overall medal tally after yesterday’s competitions.
Malaysia now has 32 gold, 33 silver and 43 bronze less than half of what Singapore has amassed over the days to lead the medal tally with 66 gold, 58 silver and 69 bronze.
Vietnam remained second with 57 gold, 31 silver, 50 bronze while Thailand are third on 55 gold, 62 silver and 49 bronze medals.
Malaysia picked gold medals in shooting, athletics, swimming and tenpin bowling.
The day’s achievement however, belonged to 18-year old swimmer from Kuching, Sarawak, Welson Sim who broke the dominance of Singaporean swimmers at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on the final day of the 28th SEA Games swimming competition to win the 400m Freestyle gold medal in record fashion.
His time of 3:53.97s erased the SEA Games record held by Daniel Bego (3:53.99s), which was set in Vientiane during the 2009 Laos SEA Games.
There was contrasting fortunes in badminton when the women’s team made it to the final while the men faulted at the semifinal stage but the squash courts produced favourable results in the men’s and women’s team events.
Football ended their SEA Games campaign with a 3-1 victory over Laos at the Bishan Stadium, giving coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee some breathing space before an expected outcry when the team return home.
Today, 40 gold medals will be on offer which athletics alone offering 10 gold medals.