TEAM Singapore crossed the historic milestone of 80 SEA Games gold medals yesterday, when they bagged eight to lie second in the overall medal tally on 82, five behind leaders Thailand.
The previous best was the 50 golds won on home ground 22 years ago.
The Republic's all-powerful sailing team added three more titles yesterday, taking their total to an all-time high of 10.
Griselda Khng and Sara Tan (women's skiff 49erFX), Samantha Neubronner and Yukie Yokoyama (women's 420), and Jovina Choo, Terena Lam, Dawn Liu and Daniella Ng (women's keelboat match racing) all mounted the top step of the podium.
The rhythmic gymnastics team of Dawne Chua, Noelle Goh, Ann Sim, Edlyn Ho and Alison Tang leapt and threw their way to the group all-around crown.
In women's floorball, the nation has the reflexes of goalkeeper Fariza Begum to thank for the gold medal. She made four crucial saves in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout to deny Thailand the gold.
The 80th gold came from an unfancied source. Nur Alfian Juma'en, the Republic's lone silat finalist, was up against Vietnamese world champion Tran Dinh Nam in the men's tanding Class F (70-75kg) final and had to cope with a foot injury, but defied both to prevail.
The 81st and 82nd golds were straightforward affairs, with bowler Jazreel Tan beating teammate Daphne Tan to take the women's masters gold and the floorball men trouncing Malaysia 9-0 in the final.
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