MALAYSIA won their first Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football title for 20 years yesterday as Thailand regained their place at the top of the medals table on the final full day of action in Laos.
Thailand reached 84 gold, three clear of Vietnam who had earlier surged clear at the top and nearly double Indonesia's tally of 43.
Malaysia's Under-23 footballers beat Vietnam 1-0 in the National Stadium on the outskirts of capital Vientiane, courtesy of an own goal in the 84th minute by Mai Xuan Hop.
On the final day of track and field Vietnam's tally was boosted by wins in the 1,500 metres for Nguyen Dinh Cuong and Truong Thanh Hang, both of whom had previously won their 800m events.
"I was injured before the SEA Games so I'm very happy to win two gold medals," said Nguyen , who finished in 3:46.58.
In the women's event, Truong held off a strong challenge by Myanmar's Than Toe Khin Myo down the home straight to win in 4:19.48, saying she was surprised by how hard she had been pushed in the final 100 metres.
Indonesia's Triyaningsih completed the women's 5,000 metres/10,000 metres double for the second SEA Games running, smashing the 10,000m Games record by more than a minute and finishing in 32:49.47.
"I'm proud to have broken the record," she said, adding that she had worked hard in the run-up to the Games.
"I want to run the marathon at the Asian Games in China next year," added the Indonesian.
Courtesy from Brunei Times