Thursday, December 17, 2009

Indonesia fighting for third place

Indonesia leapfrogged Malaysia and pulled even with Singapore as it moved up to third in the Southeast Asian Games medal tally after bagging seven gold medals, nine silvers and 12 bronzes.

Having languished in the middle of the table for much of the Games after targeting a third-place finish, Indonesia won seven gold medals, nine silver and 12 bronze on Wednesday. It must finish strong in the final two days in order to hold off Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines for third place.

Indonesia has 32 golds, 37 silvers and 60 bronzes, and it holds the tiebreaker over Singapore (32-23-33) with more silver medals. Malaysia (29-36-51) and the Philippines (29-24-41) are fifth.

A late run of gold medals on Wednesday allowed Vietnam (61-55-47) to pull level with Thailand (61-68-79) atop the table.

Suryo Agung Wibowo (picture) lived up to his title of SEA Games sprint king, winning the men’s 200-meter dash in 20.85 seconds to add to his SEA Games record-setting performance in the 100 meters.

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