SEA Games: S’pore wins 5 gold medals on final day of sailing competition
- POSTED: 20 Dec 2013 18:03
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A gold rush for Singapore sailing on Friday sealed the country's standing as the top performing sailing nation at Myanmar SEA Games. But there was an anxious wait for the crown, after a protest was lodged against one of Singapore's five gold medals.
SINGAPORE: A gold rush for Singapore sailing on Friday sealed the country's standing as the top performing sailing nation at Myanmar SEA Games.
However, there was an anxious wait for the crown after a protest was lodged against one of Singapore's five gold medals.
Cecilia Low and Priscilia Low faced a protest in the 470 women's race. The protest was later dismissed by judges about two hours after the finish.
The other gold medals came from the Laser Radial, 420 women, as well as the Optimist boys and girls events.
The five gold, two silver and five bronze medals mean Singapore has exceeded its haul from the 2011 Games.
Despite the good display, high performance manager Chung Pei Ming said competition within Southeast Asia is getting tougher. Moving forward, he believes that will only benefit the region.
Mr Chung said: "We're happy the gold medals are being shared across a few nations, especially Myanmar, who probably didn't have a wind surfing board three years ago and they won one of the gold medals here.
"So when we go to the Asian Games, we come together and the Chinese and the Japanese will (think) all these Southeast Asian nations are getting quite strong because they're always racing together. It's a good thing."