Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Singapore Dominant in South East Asia Games Table Tennis Events
Thailand topped the overhaul medal table at the South East Asia Games, which finished in the Laos city of Ventiane on Friday 18th December 2009 but in the table tennis events it was Singapore who dominated matters.

Only the Menís Doubles title escaped their grasp; that was won by Vietnamís Doan Kien Quoc and Tran Tuan Quynh with colleagues Tran Tuan Quynh and Nguyen Nam Hai in runners up spot.

Singapore claimed gold in both the Menís Team and Womenís Team events; whilst Gao Ning emerged as the Menís Singles champion beating Yang Zi in an all Singapore final.
Gao Ning, the Men's Singles winner in
Womenís Singles & Womenís Doubles
Similarly the Womenís Singles final providing a similar situation. Feng Tianwei defeated Wang Yue Gu to clinch gold

Gold and silver in the Womenís Singles event but in the Womenís Doubles Feng Tianwei and Wang Yue Gu had to settle for silver; they were beaten in the final by compatriots Sun Bei Bei and Yu Meng Yu.

Mixed Doubles
Silver medals for Wang Yue Gu but in the Mixed Doubles it was gold where she partnered Yang Zi to victory. The pair defeated Gao Ning/Feng Tianwei In the final.

It was success after success for Singapore and there were accolades for the tournament.

Wide ranging reports in the media highlighted shooting and table tennis as the two most well organised sports in terms of venue, organisation and presentation

Tournament Organizers Course
Furthermore, the Sports Council Chairman, Olympic Committee Vice-President and the President of Laos Table Tennis Federation expressed their appreciation for the help given by the International Table Tennis Federation for arranging a Tournament Organizers course to train their technical officials.

It was a very successful and worthwhile time in Vientiane.

The Presentation Ceremony for the Womenís Team event.

Photo courtesy of Somchay Vongsa