Thu, Dec 13, 2007 - Page 20 News List

Thailand beats the 100-gold mark

AFP , KORAT, THAILAND

Vietnam's Tran Thi Minh Thu performs in the women's rope section of the rhythmic gymnastics competition at the Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, yesterday.

PHOTO: AP

Thailand smashed the 100-gold barrier at the Southeast Asain Games yesterday as they continued their relentless pursuit of top spot on the medals table.

A clutch of golds in women's boxing and successes in men's weightlifting helped carry the host nation past three figures with more than three days of competition still to go.

On the tennis court yesterday, Thailand's Danai Udomchoke qualified for the final of the men's singles, beating Indonesia's Elbert Sie in straight sets.

He faces the Philippines' Cecil Mamiit in tomorrow's final. Second seed Mamiit overcame Cambodia's Nysan Tan, losing just two games.

In the women's competition, Indonesia's Sandy Gumulya will face Thailand's Nudnida Luangnam after defeating the host nation's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in straight sets. Luangnam, the No. 2 seed, beat third seed Romana Tedjakusuma in a walkover.

In the men's individual golf, Thailand's Pipatpong Naewsuk leads the way on nine-under, one shot clear of fellow Thai K. Aphibarmrat going into the final round today.

The hosts are also well clear in the team event.

With the athletics and swimming competitions now over, attention will focus today on the boxing ring, with Thailand represented in all 10 finals of the men's competition.

But Singapore proved to be the kings of the pool, taking home 11 golds from 32 events. The Philippines were in second place on eight, with Malaysia on seven.

Thailand also enjoyed soccer success on Tuesday, qualifying for tomorrow's final against Myanmar after beating Singapore 3-0.

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