SINGAPORE – Malaysia retained fourth spot in the overall medal tally after adding six gold medals but host Singapore continued to strengthen its position at the top with 60 gold medals.
Singapore now has 60 gold, 51 silver, 64 bronze followed by Vietnam with 48 gold, 23 silver, 44 bronze while Thailand in third place have 46 gold, 54 silver and 41 bronze medals.
Malaysia has 27 gold, 31 silver and 38 bronze medals with Indonesia in fifth spot with 22 gold, 28 silver and 42 bronze.
The country’s most prized gold medal yesterday must be the one won in equestrian by Sharmini Christina Ratnasingham who put on a flawless display with her horse Arcado L to win the Show jumping gold to emulate Qabil Ambak’s 2007 victory in Pattaya, Thailand during the 2007 Korat SEA Games.
Sharmini who was involved in a jump off with Catherine Chee from the host country, accomplished a clean routine without incurring any penalty points to claim the gold.
Apart from Sharmini’s gold in equestrian, squash contributed two gold medals through the men’s (Sanjay Chal Singh) and women’s singles (Rachel Arnold), tenpin bowling through the women’s doubles pair (Esther Cheah/Sin Li Jane), artistic gymnastics through women’s floor exercise (Faran Ann Abdul Hadi) and men’s snooker doubles (Thor Chuan Leong/Moh Keen Hoo).
Meanwhile, there were no gold medals to show from the swimming pool as gold medal hopeful Khoo Cai Lin lost to Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien in the 400m Freestyle at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, to end up with the silver.
Today, Malaysia’s gold medal hunt continues as 46 gold medals will be offered in shooting, rowing, petanque, cycling, tenpin bowling, badminton, athletics and swimming. – Bernama