With the conclusion of Day #11 of the 17th Asian Games, China, South Korea, and Japan still dominate having won 268, 170 and 146 medals. But the SE Asian nations all stepped up their games too (except for Burma and Laos) with Thailand leading the pack having won an additional 14 medals for a total of 35, which places the kingdom in the top ten. Vietnam has 32, Malaysia 28, Singapore 21, and Indonesia 16.
New records are being established too at the Games, although not so much in sporting events. Japan’s Naoya Tomita, the 200-meter breaststroke gold medalist from the previous Asian Games, was expelled from the Games for stealing a camera owned by a South Korean media organization, the first Asian Games athlete to be kicked out due to theft. And Malaysia gets a gold medal from the International Police Coordination Centre at the Incheon Games who banned seven individuals from attending the Games due to suspected terrorist activities and tie (the Philippines won the silver with five banned terrorists, and Vietnam got the bronze with three).
And last but not least, Thailand’s men lost to South Korea in the football semi-finals, setting the final game to be a showdown between North and South Korea. But (unless there’s some weird World Cup-like rankings involved) that means Thailand gets the bronze and breaks its three-time record of getting into the quarter-finals but never winning a medal.
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