Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chinlone lands Myanmar first gold

Myanmar secured its first gold at the 29th SEA Games beating Thailand in chinlone event 2 (same stroke) final at the Titiwangsa Stadium yesterday.

Hliang Bo Bo, left, responsible for the third goal, and Aung Thu, who scrored the first, celebrate Myanmar’s victory over Laos last night. Photo - Myanmar Football FederationHliang Bo Bo, left, responsible for the third goal, and Aung Thu, who scrored the first, celebrate Myanmar’s victory over Laos last night. Photo - Myanmar Football Federation

Kyaw Some Moe’s squad ruled the court with a fine display to amass 317 points after two sets to win the gold. Thailand were unable to match Myanmar’s composure and could only managed a 303 points to settle for the silver.

Hosts Malaysia had a bad day but shared the bronze with Laos after being placed third with 182 points.

Meanwhile, Myanmar left it too late before edging past Laos in their second match to secure maximum points as the football competition entered its third day.

In the end Myanmar prevailed 3-1, but the score does not fully reflect the state of play. At the end of regular time the teams were tied 1-1. The winning goals came in the four minutes of injury time – the first in the 92nd minute through Shwe Ko in

Earlier, Aung Thu scored his third goal of the tournament to put Myanmar ahead in the 36th minute of the match.

Laos equalized midway through the second half.

The match was played at a lively pace and there were plenty of open spaces which left enough room for players from both teams to manoeuvre freely. Myanmar had the better of the exchanges and controlled the game from the whistle, but erratic passing saw its players repeatedly lose ball possession so play was largely confined to the area either side of midfield for most part.

Neither side produced any clear scoring chances and the quality of football was bland if not outright boring.

In other developments, host Malaysia clinched the first gold medal of the Games, winning the men’s chinlone event 3 after beating Philippines in the final at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Chinlone event 3 is a linking routine in the sepak takraw competition.

The Malaysian team garnered 391 points to clinch the gold while their opponents could only manage 271 and had to settle for the silver medal.

Brunei picked the bronze with a score of 157 points.

The Malaysians were the pre-tournament favourites as they had only Philippines and Brunei to contend with, after Myanmar, traditionally strong in this discipline chose to sit out and compete in chinlone’s stroke event.

For Malaysia, it was a sweet revenge for the defeat their women’s football team suffered at the hands of the same opponents in their opening match on Tuesday.

Played at the Shah Alam Stadium, Philippines scored twice – the first coming on the stroke half time via Impelido Patrice Mae San, and after Malaysia had equalized in the 51st minute through Dadree Rofunus, it was Cathleen Camile who scored in the 73rd minute to seal a 2-1 victory and earn the Philippines three valuable from the host nation.

The women’s football competition is being played on a round-robin basis with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

Elsewhere yesterday Brunei bounced back from two consecutive defeats to register a 69-32 victory over Philippines in the netball competition.

The win came timely for the oil-rich nation and 2015 bronze medallist following earlier defeats against Singapore (62-37) and Malaysia (64-27).

Athiyyah As’ad Mohd Jaafar, competing in her second SEA Games, said the win over the Philippines has given them hope of qualifying for the semi-finals.

‘’Our last preliminary round match against Thailand will be crucial. Though the Thais are quick in their attacks we should not be intimidated by their reputation,” said the 29-year-old Athiyyah.

Brunei meets Thailand today.

In water polo, Malaysia bounced back from their defeat to Indonesia on Tuesday to edge Philippines 8-7 in the men’s competition yesterday at the Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre.

Malaysia lost their first match 3-4 to Indonesia, the hosts made amends with four goals in the first quarter.

However, the third and fourth quarter proved a see-saw affair but Malaysia held on to emerge victorious by the thinnest of margins.

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