Indonesia to boost preparation for Asian Games, evaluate achievement in SEA Games

Indonesia to boost preparation for Asian Games, evaluate achievement in SEA Games

Indonesia to boost preparation for Asian Games, evaluate achievement in SEA Games

The 23-year-old San Jose, California native, who failed to qualify in the women's 500-meter race last Tuesday, was eased out of a podium finish after placing fourth with a clocking one minute and 51.89 seconds. Another Malaysian earned a bronze medal after clocking in at 1:49.321.

Najib said the Barisan Nasional led government chose to award a public holiday in recognition of the sacrifices made by the athletes to achieve the most memorable result in the history of the SEA Games.

Host country Malaysia has already locked up the overall victor position, having earned 141 gold medals.

The 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur is probably going to be remembered by most Indonesians for its controversies, such as the upside down Indonesian flag and the allegations of cheating by the hosts.

But the Philippines made no progress from its sixth-place showing the last time and instead crashed down in terms of gold medal haul at the close of the KL Games here yesterday.

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Malaysia topped the medal tally at the 2017 SEA Games with 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals.

"All of us, including the critics, should rally behind the 2019 Philippine hosting and support the athletes in any way we can", said Cojuangco, who bickered with chief of mission Cynthia Carrion after the POC disapproved her prepared program for the closing ceremonies.

The current batch of swimmers representing Malaysia has done exceptionally well but there is room for improvement, said former top national swimmer Jeffrey Ong.

But the games should also serve to spotlight Indonesia's sporting achievements, or rather the lack thereof.

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