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5 December 2005, 04:14 pm
Singapore Lead The Way
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South East Asian Games 2005
Subic Bay, Zambalez, Philippines

The South East Asian (SEA) Games brought together six of Asia's top sailing nations in Subic Bay, Zambalez, the Philippines from 26 November-4 December, with the Singapore team sailing terrifically to take home gold in seven of the twelve events.
Teams from Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and the hosts the Philippines battled for honours last week. Although Singapore left the event with the largest share of the medals, success came to all the nations involved, no more popularly than with a gold from the Philippines' German PAZ in the RS:X.

The hosts also secured a silver thanks to Renerico MORENO in the Formula and bronzes from Ridgely BALLADARES and Rommel CHAVES and Rafael BUITRE and Richly MGASANAY in the 470 Men and 420 Open respectively.

For Thailand success also came in the windsurfing events with a gold medal for Phanuthat RUAMSAP in the RS:X, whilst Damrongsak VONGTIM and Sakda VONGTIM added a second SEA Games title in the Hobie 16. The Thai team also secured one silver and seven bronze medals.

Meanwhile Myanmar record a victory in the 470 Men courtesy of MAUNG Aung Myin Thu and SAI Pyae Sone Hein. Two silver medals came in the 420 Boys, 420 Girls and 470 Women from NAY La Kyaw and MIN Min, SU Sandar Wai and ZIN April Aung and SAW Due Myat Soe and NEW New San respectively.

Indonesia just missed out on gold, but GUSTI Made Oka Sulaksan secured them a silver medal in the RS:X competition.

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TOH Liying and TOK Lee Ching were part of the
successful Singapore team
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Meanwhile ALVIN Yeow extended Malaysia's proud dominance in SEA Games Optimist sailing. The 15 year old Seremban boy was declared the winner late on Friday night after the end of ten races on Subic Bay.

Malaysia also won three silvers - from Rufina TAN in the Optimist Girls, Mohd ROMZI in the Laser Standard and Tiffany KOO in the Laser Radial.

While all four Malaysian sailors finished with medals, SEA Games debutant ALVIN earned the biggest cheer. ALVIN won four races to finish with a total of twelve points. Singapore's Sean Lee Took silver with 18 points and the bronze went to Naree THANSOONPORM of Thailand on 21.

Malaysia have had a string of successes in the under 15 Optimist competition, since Ryan TAN's victory in the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore. ALVIN was delighted to have picked up his first SEA Games gold medal to bow out of Optimist sailing on a perfect note. 'I feel relieved now. I was targeted to win gold and I am happy to contribute something to the country,' said ALVIN, the South East Asian Optimist Champion.

ALVIN, who started sailing at eight, will move to the Laser event next year.

Despite her silver medal there was disappointment for Malaysia's TAN who had to settle for second place in the Optimist Girls event following a protest lodged by Singapore.

TAN had finished ahead of Singapore's Griselda KHNG but Singapore claimed that TAN had hit their competitor's boat. The protest was upheld and TAN was demoted to second place but Malaysia appealed against the decision with Thailand agreeing to be the witness. The jury viewed the video of the races and overruled the Malaysian appeal.

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The Singapore team celebrate
an excellent SEA Games
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For KHNG, the SEA Games title completes a superb year in which she not only had success on the water but was also chosen to present the envelope containing the results of the winning city to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, to IOC President Jacques ROGGE at the IOC Singapore Session in July.

KHNG was not the only Singapore success in the Philippines, with the team's sailors exceeding their own already high targets, by winning a total of seven gold medals.

Some of the winners did start as hot favourites, including Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions TEO Wee Chin and Terence KOH in the 420 Boys and TOH Liying and TOK Lee Ching in the 470 Women.

Then there were LO Man Yi and the pair of Siobhan TAM and Dawn LIU who secured further victories in the Laser Radial and 420 Girls respectively.

Maximilian SOH in the Laser and Justin WONG and XU Yuan Zhen in the 420 Open also clinched gold medals with their resilient performances.

Singapore also secured three silver and one bronze medal.

ISAF (source: thestar.com.my and teamsingapore.com.sg). Image, German PAZ secured the hosts a gold medal in the RS:X:© SEA Games
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