Singapore awarded joint bronze with Brunei in chinlone same stroke

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.

The Republic shared the medal with Brunei in 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."

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