Thailand won the first medal in the 29th SEA Games after the Kingdom’s men’s chinlone team event 2 lost to Myanmar 303-317 points to settle with the silver medal in the final in Kuala Lumpur on yesterday.
The Thai team earlier beat Malaysia 287-182 to reserve the final showdown with Myanmar who moved past Laos 301-161. However Thailand eye on winning the gold medal from today's men's chinlone event 1 which is due in the evening.
Earlier hosts Malaysia grabbed the first gold medal of the 29th SEA Games when their men's team won the chinlone event 3 at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium.
Malaysia proved too good for the Philippines, scoring 391 points against their rivals’ 271 in the final of the traditional caneball sport that originated in Myanmar.
Chinlone, which sees six players taking turns to perform juggling skills in a circle, was included in the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013. Brunei took the bronze medal.
Thailand's men's chinlone event 2 team.
In women’s water polo, Thailand won their second straight group match, beating Indonesia 12-4, a day after outclassing the hosts 22-2. Thailand will play arch-rivals Singapore on August 19 in the last game. The winning side will have a good chance of grabbing the gold medal.
While the women are on a winning streak, it was a different story for the men’s polo team, who lost two games in a row, to the Philippines 7-9 on Tuesday and 2-13 to Singapore yesterday.