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Indonesians moving up in medal count

10 August 1999 – Bandar Seri Begawan (Agency Reports) - A reformed runner from Thailand and an Indonesian distance specialist won their second gold medals of the Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.

In the medals race, Thailand stayed barely ahead. It won 10 golds Tuesday, while Malaysia captured 12, leaving the two tied at 30 golds each. But Thailand had more total medals - 77 to Malaysia's 73.

Indonesia had 24 golds after winning 12 Tuesday, including distance runner Supriati Sutono's victory in the 1500 metres, on top of her triumph in the 5000m.

The outstanding performance of the day was once again provided by Reanchai Seeharwong who won the 200m to complete the men's sprint double for a second time and reaffirm his place as the region's fastest man.

Reanchai, who also won the double at Chiang Mai in 1995 but missed the 1997 Games in Jakarta after he was not included in the Thai team for missing training, stopped the clock at 20.69 seconds to register his second Games record in three days, with Indonesia's John Muray taking silver in 21.05.

Supriati beat Vietnam's Dinh Khanh Doan Pham by more than 11 seconds in the 1500m, finishing in 4 minutes, 28.57 seconds.

For the third time in the games, a women's event had only two competitors. Thailand's Suthorn Chatwadee beat lone rival Ai Seng Tea of Brunei 49.13 metres to 24.98 in the women's javelin throw, and then was taken to the stadium clinic for shortness of breath. She said later she was fine.

Other Thai winners were Wirid Sarad, who edged teammate Jirachai Linglom 51.36 to 51.38 in the men's 400-metre hurdles; Kawrungruang Sunisa, winner by 4 millimetres over Indonesia's Nyoman Rae in the women's triple jump; and Supavadee Khawpeag in the women's 200.

For Malaysia, Arumugam Munusamy won the men's 1500m, Norasheela Mohd Khalid won the women's 400 hurdles, Loo Kum Zee took the men's high jump and Wong Tee Kue was the men's hammer champion.

Indonesia's Kahol Ponsianus won the men's javelin. For the day, Thailand came out ahead in track and field, winning five golds to four for Malaysia and two for Indonesia.