The 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games have been exciting, and the conclusion of the 2013 event has the fans that supported the 11 nations participating along the way disappointed that the competition is over.
The closing ceremony will undoubtedly be an entertaining way to end the games—scheduled for Dec. 22—but the focus has shifted to how each nation performed and where they stand in the final medal count.
Here are the standings for the 2013 SEA Games and the updated medal count.
|Updated Medal Count and Standings|
Ho Han Boon Wins Gold
Singapore’s Ho Han Boon is one of the best judoka in the over-100 kg category. After beating Thailand’s Kaewpakdee Saknarin in the first bout and Malaysia's Abdul Razak in the final of the round-robin tournament, Ho won gold for his nation.
The last time Singapore finished first in Judo at the SEA Games was 1989.
The gold medal didn’t come easy, though. Saknarin took Ho to his limit, but a late submission in the fight helped him secure a win. It was the kind of move that shifted momentum into the fighter’s favor.
After the struggle against his first opponent, Ho handled Razak in the second fight with little resistance. In a bout that lasted all of two minutes, the gold medalist dominated his challenger and submitted him.
Ho told Justin Ong of Yahoo! Sports about his victory and what’s next:
I have been training for quite a long time (10 years), and this is a result of my years of training. And my coaches have given me good guidance over the years… I want to win another medal for Singapore.
The gold medal win for Ho is likely just the beginning.
Singapore Dominates Table Tennis
Ho had already made the nation of Singapore proud with his gold-medal performance, but the sheer domination from the country’s table tennis team was another highlight of the 2013 SEA Games.
With gold-medal wins for the women via Lin Ye and Zhou Yi Han and men’s champions Zhan Jian, Li Hu and Chen Feng, the nation utterly dominated one of the most important events of the games.
What makes the feats even more impressive is that each of the winning players was a first-time representative of Singapore. Whether they were former Chinese national players or stars making their SEA Games debut, the table tennis team dominated its challengers.
The expectations were high for a nation known for table tennis, but the level of competition in Southeast Asia makes the domination even more impressive. Singapore didn’t finish with the most medals overall, but the country performed at a high level in the most pivotal events.
*All results and information via SEA Games official website.