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SEA Games is happy hunting ground for host nation


21 Nov 2011
Palembang, Indonesia: With two days remaining of the 26th SEA Games, host nation Indonesia has achieved its target of 150 gold medals, reports Antara News. At close of play on Sunday, Indonesia had won 154 gold medals with two days of competition to go before the closing ceremony on Tuesday, November 22. The massive golden haul also looks certain to give Indonesia first place and overall champion in the final medals table for the first time since 1997.

With 74 more gold medals up for grabs on Monday and Tuesday, Indonesia is 59 clear of second-placed Thailand in the gold rush. Football is expected to enrich Indonesia’s medal achievement while satisfying its thirst after 20 years of absence in claiming the champion on the football field. Indonesia`s last achievement to become football champion in the SEA Games was in 1991 in Manila.

Besides football, the other branches which are expected to become the mining field for Indonesian gold medals are paragliding, fin swimming, weightlifting, wushu, cycling, boxing and chess. The Indonesian Garuda (eagle) Team is flying farther and father ahead as up to 9.30 pm Sunday it has collected 154 golds, 129 silvers and 116 bronzes. It is followed by defending champion Thailand with 95 golds, 83 silvers and 105 bronzes.

In third position is Vietnam, which finished second in the SEA Games 2009 in Laos. It had collected 87 golds, 85 silvers and 90 bronzes, followed by Malaysia in the fourth position (52-45-70), and Singapore in fifth position (41-43-71).

Of the 11 participating countries in the 26th SEA Games, Brunei is the only participant which has not yet bagged a gold medal until Sunday but three silvers and seven bronzes.
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