INDONESIA and Vietnam each completed a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games sprint double as Vietnam dramatically pulled level with pacesetters Thailand at the top of the medals table yesterday.
A haul of 16 gold - including three in judo, two in shuttlecock and the women's football title helped Vietnam match long-time leaders Thailand's tally of 61 gold medals.
On the track, Indonesia's Suryo Agung Wibowo won the men's 200 metres in 20.85 seconds and Vietnam's Vu Thi Huong clocked 23.31 in the women's race. Both had taken gold in Sunday's 100m races at the National Stadium in the Laos capital.
"Thanks to Allah for giving me a surprise today (Wednesday) because my preparations were to focus on the 100m," said Suryo.
"I hope Allah gives me a third gold tomorrow in the (4x100m) relay," he added, saying he was disappointed that he did not beat his personal best of 20.76s.
Vu said she had enjoyed running in the cooler conditions in Vientiane and on a new track.
"The weather is good for a quick race. It's not so hot as when I am training in Vietnam and the track is new so that helped me go fast but I regret not breaking my SEA Games record as there was no one to push me."
Thailand's Jamras Rittidet won the 110 metres hurdles in 13.89s, shaving 0.02 seconds off the SEA Games record.
"It was my first time in the SEA Games and I'm very happy with the result," he said, adding that he would now focus on the Asian Games.
Indonesia's Dedeh Erawati took the women's 100m hurdles and compatriot Agus Prayogo took the men's 10,000 metres.
Courtesy from Brunei Times