Malaysia ended with a total of 186 medal at the 28th SEA Games Singapore for the best-ever outing since the Korat Games in 2007, with 62 golds, 58 silvers and 66 bronzes to be placed fourth out of the 11 countries who took part. These 10 Highlights of the SEA Games 2015 made all of us proud of our fellow athletes who went all out to showcase the spirit of “Malaysia Boleh!”.
1. Completed golden sweep in diving
Malaysia were the undisputed stars of the 28th SEA Games, winning all eight gold medals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
2. First-ever gold medal in petanque
Muhd Hafizuddin Mat Daud created history after winning Malaysia's first ever gold medal in pétanque at the Sea Game. Malaysia's previous best performance at the Sea Games was during the 2009 Laos edition where the squad won two silvers and one bronze.
3. New Game Record
The 18-year-old Malaysian swimmer Welson Sim finishes the men’s 400m Freestyle event with 3:53.97s, successfully rewrote Daniel Bego's SEA Games record of 3:53.99s set at 2009 SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.
4. Youngest Malaysian double gold sailor
The 12-year-old young sailor, Muhd Fauzi Kaman Shah of Langkawi skippered the Optimist team and the boys’ individual Optimist event at the National Sailing Centre, contributed two gold medals to the country.
5. Clean sweep in Hockey
Malaysia team won both Men's and Women's Hockey event. We claimed our fifth successive SEA Games women’s hockey crown after a 3-1 win over Thailand. The Men's team, who have not lost in the final since the 1973 Games in Singapore, kept their cool to win the shootout 4-3.
6. Yoong siblings collected 7 medals in water-skiing event
Former Formula One driver Alex Yoong and his younger siblings, Aaliyah and Aiden, who were on a break from school, to win a family treasure trove of medals at the SEA Games in Singapore. Alex took silver in the overall and bronze in the jump and slalom while his 9-year-old half-brother took bronze in the men’s tricks. On the other hand, his 11-year-old half-sister, Aaliyah Yoong did it in style, clinched 2 gold medals in the Women’s water ski overall and Women's Tricks events at the Bedok Reservoir, Singapore.
7. Women’s artistic gymnastics team won gold after 14 years
The artistic gymnastics team won the gold medal in the team event since 2001 when Malaysia hosted the SEA Games. The team comprising Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Siti Nur Bahirah Ahmad, Tracie Ang, Nur Eli Ellina Azmi, Lavinia Jayadev and Tan Ing Yueh accumulated 206.200 points at the Bishan Sports Hall, Singapore.
8. First badminton men’s singles champion since 2001
Chong Wei Feng edged Thai top seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in three sets in the men’s singles event, gave Malaysia our first men's singles gold since 2001.
9. Women’s basketball team regained the gold medal after 8 years
The women's basketball team beat Vietnam in the final and contributed the country's 60th SEA Games gold medal. The last time Malaysia had won a gold medal was in 2007 when Thailand hosted the SEA Games in Korat.
10. Youngsters rule in this SEA Games
Malaysia has sent out a total of 641 athletes, of which includes 292 women athletes and 268 officials. A total of 151 athletes aged 21 and below contributed to the total of 186 medals won – “The kids really came out to play!”