Coach Chris: Don’t worry, there’s light in the pool

THE swimming team failed to meet their three-gold target but coach Chris Martin does not think they did too badly. In fact, he believes this team are destined for big things in the future. A double from United States-based woman breaststroker Phee Jinq En rescued the swimming team from a disastrous outing this time. Jinq En starred by setting new national records en route to winning the 50m and 100m breaststroke double but another major hope Welson Sim did not live up to expectations. Welson settled for silver in his pet…

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Boom, Boom, Pow – and bye

THE 30th SEA Games came to grand finish with a show of the Philippines’ earliest cultures to the latest fads, closing with American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas taking to the stage at the New Clark City Athletics Arena.The show, however, started with cultural performances and dances from the Aeta Indigenous Group. The Aeta are indigenous people who are scattered and live in isolation in the mountainous part of the Philippines. They are considered the earliest inhabitants of the nation. Arnel Pineda – the Filipino vocalist for American rock band…

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She wants Korean BBQ now after SEA Games win

HAVING been away from home for nearly two weeks, one would expect S. Kisona (pic) to miss Malaysian food, particularly her mum’s cooking. Wrong. The first thing that the newly-crowned SEA Games women’s singles badminton champion intends to do upon arriving from Manila is head to a Korean restaurant to have a barbecue meat feast! “I can’t wait to get home and treat myself to a nice Korean barbecue meal, ” said Kisona, before boarding the flight home yesterday. “I love Korean food. It’s my number one favourite. For some…

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Vietnam bag football gold after win over Indonesia

VIETNAM have bagged the mother of all gold medals in the SEA Games – their first in 60 years. The side led by South Korean coach Park Hang-seo beat Indonesia 3-0 in the football final at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. Vietnam’s heroes were Do Hung Dung (pic) and Do Van Hau, as the former scored one and assisted two, while the latter scored two goals. In the 39th minute, Hung Dung’s brilliant set-piece was converted by Van Hau, who plies his trade in the Eredivisie with SC Heerenveen.…

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Watch me roar – and cry

S. KISONA fought like a tigress – and then cried like a baby.The 21-year-old who had been like an Amazon on court showed she was human after all when she fell in the arms of coach Tey Seu Bock and cried uncontrollably. It was understandable. After all, she had just won the gold and no one had given her a ghost of a chance at the start of the Games. Kisona, the world No. 104, was selected to compete in the individual competition alongside Soniia Cheah only after Goh Jin…

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M’sian gymnast Izzah stripped of one gold medal as SEA Games rhythmic gymnastics controversy continues

KUALA LUMPUR: Rhythmic gymnast Izzah Amzan (pic) was all smiles when she posed with her two gold medals – the ball and ribbon – which she had won at the Philippines SEA Games but now, she has to return one of it. The 19-year-old Izzah has been stripped of the shared gold medal she won in the ribbon with teammate Koi Sie Yan as controversy continues to hit rhythmic gymnastics. Izzah was declared as the joint winner with Sie Yan on Dec 7 amidst protest over biased judging but a…

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Surprise, surprise!

SWIMMER Phee Jinq En finished third in the 200m breaststroke final. And she was all smiles.After all, the event was just a warm-up for her and she had done exceptionally well in it before the real task of delivering gold begins tonight. The 22-year-old showed she is in good form heading into her sprint events with the bronze at the New Clark City Aquatic Centre last night. She was fifth going into the final lap and a last-gasp push saw her touching home in 2:32.38. The 19-year-old Christie Chue of…

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It’s time to go

DATUK Ong Kim Swee has paid a heavy price for his football team’s early exit from the Philippines SEA Games. He will no longer coach the team. Yesterday, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) announced that Kim Swee’s contract that runs until the end of this year would not be extended – a day after the Under-23 squad were humiliated 1-3 by Cambodia and finishing second last in Group A in Manila. Kim Swee, however, could rejoin FAM but in a non-coaching role in future. Kim Swee took the decision…

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Silver’s as good as gold for red-hot Redha

MOHD Redha Rozlan (pic) missed out on an historic gold for Malaysia – but he was still grinning from ear to ear. He had never expected to come that far in obstacle course race. The 31-year-old settled for three silver medals on a day that saw Philippines stamp their superiority by sweeping all four golds at stake in Alabang. Redha, who also works in the IT industry by day, settled for his first silver in the men’s individual 100m with 10 obstacles, behind Filipino Kevin Pascua after losing both final…

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