21 Nov '11, 6am

Moments from the 26th SEA Games

By Bernard Tan [email protected] As a Singaporean, I thought Joseph Schooling's jaw-dropping record-breaking 200m butterfly swim in Palembang was the moment of the 26th South-east Asian (SEA) Games. On Saturday, a young lady with a badminton racket did one better. At the Istora Senayan that afternoon, 8,000 patriotic Indonesians gathered to watch their country finish a sweep of all medals on the final day of the badminton competition. Make no mistake, badminton is larger than life in Indonesia, second only to soccer. Young and old, boys and girls play the sport across the archipelago and worship their badminton champions - many of whom have gone on to claim world titles. Indonesians expect to dominate this sport in South-east Asia. After two gold medals in the first two all-Indonesian final fixtures, the crowd waited expectantly for the Women's Singles Final. In In...

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