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Thailand Gathers More Gold at SEA Games

Host country Thailand has dominated the first day of the athletics competition at the Southeast Asian Games, taking six of the nine gold medals up for grabs and extending its overall lead in the medals table.

Thailand now has 33 gold medals with Vietnam second with 14 golds. Singapore is third in the medals table with 11 golds.

At the athletics venue, Thailand won golds in the men's 5000m race, 400m hurdles, shot put, and triple jump. Thai athletes also won the women's 400m hurdles and javelin. Vietnam won two golds in athletics, taking the men's and women's 100m titles.

In swimming, Thailand won golds in the women's 100m freestyle race and 4 x 200m freestyle relay. The Philippines took gold in the men's 200m backstroke and the 400m IM. Malaysia also won two golds in the pool - in the women's 200m backstroke and the women's 200m IM.

Eleven nations are competing for 475 gold medals in more than 40 sports at the 10-day Games.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.