IT HAS taken 10 days of competition, but Singapore has been knocked off the top of the SEA Games medal table by Thailand.
At around 6.30pm yesterday, as Wanida Boonwan received her women's high jump gold at the National Stadium, it also meant that Thailand clinched its 70th gold of the Games.
By virtue of having won 66 silvers to Singapore's 60, it overtook the host nation to lead the medal tally for the first time.
The Thai 4x100m team would later add another gold to make it 71 golds, 67 silvers and 54 bronzes for Thailand with four days of competition left.
Singapore won four golds yesterday - two from taekwondo, one from shooting and one from waterski - to bring its record golden haul to 70. It also has 62 silvers and 83 bronzes to stay ahead of third-placed Vietnam (62 golds, 41 silvers, 50 bronzes).
So can Team Singapore hit the 80-gold mark, as predicted by The Straits Times before the Games began? The host nation still has several strong suits left - sailing, water polo and floorball. If bowling and silat can also chip in with golds, then it might just be able to match ST's prediction.
CHIA HAN KEONG
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