Singapore’s water polo men lose for first time in more than 50 years.
Singapore’s gold medal winning streak at the Southeast Asian Games water polo men’s tournament could well come to an end.
On 28 November, the men’s water polo team which have won gold in 27 consecutive editions of the SEA Games went down 7-5 to Indonesia at the New Clark City Aquatic Centre in the Philippines capital.
It was their first defeat in their history of participating in the water polo event.
They have won all matches previously except for two matches which they drew.
The writing had been on the wall, as Singapore had scraped through their tie against Indonesia two years ago, and scored the equaliser with only about less than two minutes left on the clock.
The result means that the Indonesians will end up as SEA Games gold medalists if they win their remaining ties, regardless how Singapore fares in their remaining matches in the round robin tournament.
Indonesia is current on top of the group with five points while Singapore is second on two points.
Singapore has won consecutive SEA Games gold medals in water polo since 1965.
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