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Malaysia enjoys double gold success at SEA Games

AP , VIENTIANE

Thailand gold medalist S.Sukhasvasti competes during the men’s long jump finals at the Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos, yesterday.

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Malaysia’s Hwa Tan Song overcame a neck spasm that halted her pre-games training to break a Southeast Asian Games record in the women’s hammer throw yesterday, while teammate Teoh Boon Lim added a second athletics gold in the men’s 20km walk.

Closing in on medals tally leader Thailand, Vietnam swept the shooting competitions, winning an overall 13 golds and 14 silvers in five sports.

Vietnam also took golds in judo, fin swimming, wrestling and shuttlecock, which is similar to badminton but played with the feet.

Thailand won nine golds yesterday — including four in kickboxing — to maintain the lead at the biennial competitions with 51 gold.

Vietnam are second with 45, Singapore third with 31, and Malaysia and Indonesia tied in fourth place with 25.

“I’ve progressed on my technique, and worked on my mental conditioning, overcoming nervousness and fear. It’s thanks to my coach,” Hwa said after hurling the hammer 56.41m to break the 53.35 mark set at the 2005 games.

The Philippines dominated the marathon, with Eduardo Buenavista winning the men’s event and Jho-an Banayag taking the women’s.

Myanmar’s Kay Khing Myo Tun captured the gold in the women’s 20km walk. The sixth gold in athletics went to S. Sukhasvasti of Thailand with a 7.83m effort in the men’s long jump.

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