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SEA Games triumph for Burma

After two weeks of sporting delights from some of the best athletes in Southeast Asia, Burma marked the finale of the SEA Games with a spectacular closing ceremony in Naypyidaw on Sunday evening.

In a vibrant display of colour and movement, thousands of dancers performed scenes from Burmese history.

Burma finished second in the medal tally with 86 gold medals while Thailand topped the league with 107 golds.

Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia followed, making up the top five.

For Burma, the Games were more than just about sporting triumphs, it was an opportunity for the once pariah state to prove to the world they could host an international event.

Some people were skeptical that Burma could pull it off, and many were annoyed that traditional Burmese sports were included, such as Chinlone, saying the move was in order to boost their medal count.

As a seal of approval, the International Olympic Committee presented Burma with a trophy for successfully hosting the SEA Games for the first time in 44 years.

The ceremony also signaled the handover of the games to Singapore in 2015.

Burma must now turn its attention to the ASEAN ParaGames, which will be held in Naypyidaw in two weeks time.