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Indonesia wins overall Medal Tally

26th SEA Games: 23 new records and a grand Closing Ceremony

Nov 24, 2011

After 12 days of fierce competitions, the mega sporting fiesta of the South East Asian countries, the 26th SEA Games, came to a dramatic close on Tuesday evening, November 22, 2011 at the Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium, Jakabaring Sports City, target="_blank">Palembang, South Sumatra with the grandest ceremony the region has ever seen.

Aside from the success of hosting the mega event, Indonesia also emerged as overall champion by collecting 181 gold, 152 silver, and 144 bronze medals. The 26th SEA Games also saw 23 new records broken in athletics, swimming, fin swimming, and weightlifting.

The grandeur of the closing ceremony was highlighted with fascinating fireworks combined with spectacular laser lightings. The fireworks were specially brought by Phil Grucci, renowned firework artist, who had also created the fireworks for the 2008 Olympic Games. As the 150 meters x 2 meters giant screen appeared, athletes and spectators were transported back through all the emotional moments of the competitions. From the arrival of the athletes, the fierce competitions, to victories and defeats, the emotions of the competitions were well captured and beautifully displayed on the screen.

As an epic symbolic illustration of their departure, athletes from the competing countries (outside Indonesia) boarded a replica traditional Srivijaya Ship to sail away from the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia. As the ship slowly took off, the SEA Games’ flame at the cauldron was slowly extinguished signaling the end of the 26th SEA Games. “The torch may die out, but the flame in our hearts will continue to light. That flame is the spirit of friendship and brotherhood in the one, South East Asian society,” said Vice President of Indonesia, Boediono, as he officially closed the 26th SEA Games competitions.

The closing ceremony also featured some of Indonesia’s most prominent artists, including Agnes Monica, Giring Nidji, Afgan, Sherina, Putri Ayu, and the Armada Band. The Trio of Agnes, Giring and Afgan splendidly performed the theme song ”Kita Bisa” or “We can,” while Ello and Sherina got the huge crowd to sing along to the Indonesian team-motivating song, “Indonesia Bisa.” Sung by Joy Tobing, the song “Bersatu Kita Bisa” or “United and Rising,” accompanied by spectacular fireworks and a laser show, became the finale of the closing ceremony.

The staging of the 26th SEA Games in Palembang and target="_blank">Jakarta were highlighted with many fascinating moments, including 23 new record-breaking achievements.

In swimming, 11 new records were created. Three came from Indonesian athletes made by Yessy Yosaputra for the 200-meter women's backstroke, I Gede Siman Sudartawa in the 100-meter men's backstroke, and the quartet of Siman, Sutanto, Triady Fauzy, and Indra Gunawan in the 4x100-meter relay competition. Swimmers from Thailand also broke 3 SEA Games records, and one record was broken by a Vietnamese swimmer. Singapore still ruled the swimming arena of South East Asia by creating 4 new records.

In weightlifting, new records were achieved in 6 different classes. Two were made by Indonesian lifter, Eko Yuli Irawan and Triyatno, while four others were created by Thailand athletes. Other sports that also witnessed new record achievements were in Finn swimming. Dominated by Indonesia’s athletes, 4 of the new records were achieved by H. Yosaputra, Angelina Soegianto, Margaretha Herawati, and Petrol Apostle gasoline. While in athletics, only one new record from Philippines’ Torras Marstella was made.

In the most prestigious sport of football, however, the Indonesian team failed to achieve the long-awaited SEA Games gold medal after being defeated by Malaysia in one of the most dramatic SEA Games football finals in history. In the match that went over into extra time, both teams played whole-heartedly and presented some of their best play. The winner of the match was, therefore, decided through a dramatic penalty shoot-out, which ended 5-4 for Malaysia. Indonesia had to be satisfied with the silver medal

As the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia came to a close, Myanmar took over as next host for the SEA Games in 2013. Symbolically, Governor of South Sumatra, Alex Nurdin, passed the SEA Games flag to Myanmar’s Minister of Sports, Tin Sann. The 27th SEA Games in Myanmar will be the 3rd time the country will hold the event.

26th SEA Games: 23 new records and a grand Closing Ceremony
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