MYANMAR already eclipsed its gold medal output in the previous edition of the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday, even as the Philippines added another gold to stay in sixth place in the medal tally.
The host country has won 17 gold medals (as of Tuesday, 7 p.m.) thanks to victories in sepak takraw, wushu, and canoeing to surpass its 16-gold output two years ago in Indonesia, with the formal opening ceremony still a full day away.
Myanmar also accumulated six silvers and seven bronzes.
Daniel Parantac gave the Philippines its third gold medal when he won the men’s taijiquan and taijijian event in wushu for the lone bright spot in the country’s campaign on the fifth day of competitions.
The Filipino athletes also collected five silvers and three bronzes but remained in sixth place, with Malaysia holding on in fifth place on account of more bronze medals won.
Like the Filipinos, the Malaysians also have three golds and five silvers, but have 12 bronze medals.
Vietnam is in second with a 7-4-7 (gold-silver-bronze) tally, followed by Indonesia (5-8-7), and Thailand (4-7-4).
Singapore occupies seventh place (2-2-3) followed by Cambodia (1-4-6), Laos (1-3-8), and Brunei (1-0-0).
Timor Leste is the only remaining country with still no medal.