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TWO years ago, they were deemed not good enough to represent Singapore at the 2011 SEA Games.
FOUR years ago, diving in Singapore was in the doldrums. Starved of sustainable infrastructure, the diving team, who last represented the nation at the SEA Games in 2003, had ceased training from 2006.
As the curtain fell on the Myanmar SEA Games yesterday, Singapore will look back and remember the event as one that produced sweet results in unexpected quarters.
Two years ago in Indonesia, Joseph Schooling, a pimply teenager, took his first plunge in a SEA Games swimming meet - and surfaced with two gold medals.
Naypyidaw's citizens did not wholeheartedly embrace the coming-out party of the SEA Games, although there were glimmers of hope that the US$400 million (S$500 million) spent on the event has not been completely wasted.
They may not have been competing at the SEA Games in Myanmar but the biennial event still figured prominently in the minds of local squash players over the past week.

Medal Tally

Country Gold Silver Bronze
Brunei Brunei 1 1 6
Cambodia Cambodia 8 11 28
Indonesia Indonesia 65 84 111
Laos Laos 13 17 49
Malaysia Malaysia 43 38 77
Myanmar Myanmar 86 62 85
Philippines Philippines 29 34 38
Sg Flag Singapore 34 29 45
Thailand Thailand 107 94 81
Timor Leste Timor Leste 2 3 5
Vietnam Vietnam 73 86 86

Updated Dec 22, 2013 at 10.59pm.

Source: Official SEA Games site