The 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos ended on Dec. 18 with Vietnam ranking second after powerhouse Thailand.
The men’s football started first on Dec. 2. The opening ceremony was held on Dec. 9 at the Main Stadium in Vientiane, which was where the closing ceremony took place on the Friday night.
|Art performance during the closing ceremony of SEA Games 25 in Vientiane, Laos on Dec. 18 (Photo: SGGP)|
Thailand finished first with 86 golds, 83 silvers and 97 bronzes. Vietnam came second (83 golds, 75 silvers, 57 bronzes) and Indonesia ranked third at 43-53-74.
Following the top three countries in order are Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and East Timor.
The women’s football team of Vietnam were crowned on Wednesday after beating defending champions Thailand in the final. However, the men’s team lost 0-1 to Malaysia on Thursday, taking a silver medal.
Shooting was the most successful sport of Vietnam in the Games. The Vietnamese shooters secured up to 11 gold medals. Meanwhile, fin swimming brought home eight golds. Track and field, Wushu, wrestling, and Judo earned seven golds each for the Vietnamese contigent.
Ngo Huu Vuong in shooting took more gold medals than any individual else. He secured four golds, followed by sprinter Vu Thi Huong and medium-distance runners Truong Thanh Hang and Vu Dinh Cuong. Each of the runners won two golds.
Vietnam earned no gold in sepak takraw, the sport where the country always sees fierce competition from Myanmar and Thailand. In the end, the Vietnamese athletes won four silvers.
Indonesia will host the 26th SEA Games in 2011.