SEA Games: Singapore's takraw players get nation's campaign rolling - but in chinlone

Singapore's 6 man sepak takraw team left for Myanmar, on Monday, Dec 2, 2013, for SEA Games. Singapore's sepak takraw players kicked off the nation's SEA Games campaign on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013, albeit in chinlone - a traditional sport of the h
Singapore's 6 man sepak takraw team left for Myanmar, on Monday, Dec 2, 2013, for SEA Games. Singapore's sepak takraw players kicked off the nation's SEA Games campaign on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013, albeit in chinlone - a traditional sport of the host country, Myanmar. -- FILE PHOTO: ABDUL SARIP NAHARAWI

Singapore's sepak takraw players kicked off the nation's SEA Games campaign on Wednesday, albeit in chinlone - a traditional sport of the host country, Myanmar.

The Singaporeans finished fifth in the five-team competition in Naypidaw.

The hosts claimed top spot while Thailand were second. Malaysia and Laos were joint-third.

Chinlone is a performance sport where teams are graded on their ability to juggle a rattan ball. Myanmar's women won the Games' first gold medal in the event on Wednesday.

The biennial competition begins officially on Dec 11 and ends on Dec 22.