SEA Games: Singapore awarded two joint bronzes in chinlone events

SINGAPORE - Singapore was awarded a joint bronze when its chinlone same stroke team finished fourth in the preliminary round of the SEA Games' sepak takraw competition on Sunday afternoon.

The Republic shared the medal with Brunei at the conclusion of the four-team competition. 

Myanmar denied Thailand's dreams of retaining their title by beating them 250-195 in the finals played at Singapore Expo.

Said Myanmar's 24-year-old coach Win Lwin Phyo: "Every country improved today. Thailand trained in Myanmar under our coaches for two months to learn from us. I think it's good that we see other countries improving."

Singapore's team of Abdul Kahar, Irsharuddin Ikhsan, Faizal Saad, Raihan Alladin, Izwandy Zamri and Shafiq Sahari finished with 89 points, behind Brunei who scored 108 points in the preliminary stages.

Singapore's assistant team manager Raimon Budin said: "We will still focus on sepak takraw, but we are looking to bring in a coach from Myanmar to coach our chinlone team."

On Sunday evening, Singapore fared similarly in the chinlone non-repetition preliminary round. With a score of 116, the team received another joint-bronze, finishing behind Brunei, who scored 122, in the four-team competition.

So it came down to the fight between Malaysia and Thailand for the gold medal, with the Thais triumphant after a 264-200 victory.