Sea Games: Polo delivers last gold
MALAYSIA had the honour of winning the final gold medal of the 24th SEA Games, emerging as the champions of the polo competition at the VR Sport Club in Bangkok yesterday.
The team comprising Mohd Moiz Jabir Mohd Ali Moiz, Shaik Reismann Mohd Ismail, Tengku Ahmad Shazril Tengku Sulaiman, Hairizal Yahya, Saladin Mazlan and Mohd Adyrizal Mohd Zamri romped to an easy 9-3½ victory over Singapore. They led 7-3½ at half time.
Malaysia had reached the final with an unbeaten record in the round-robin preliminaries.
They defeated Indonesia (11-3½), the Philippines (11-1½), Thailand (14-3½) and Singapore (8-2½).
Assistant team manager Mohd Siraj M. M. Abdul Wahab said: “We were confident of winning the gold medal.
“But we still took a cautious approach because Singapore are a good side.
“We performed well not only in the final but throughout the competition because we had good preparations before coming here.”
Thailand won the bronze medal, beating the Philippines 7½-2 in the playoff.
Meanwhile, the national equestrian team failed in their attempt for a complete sweep in the competitions held in Pattaya. The eventing team of Edric Lee, Johari Lee, S. Lingesparan and Amir Zulkefle won the silver yesterday. Amir was the bronze medallist in the individual competition.
Earlier, Malaysia won gold medals in both the team and individual dressage and show jumping competitions.