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Burma snatches sepak takraw gold

Indonesia's Saiful Rijal, right, returns a shot to Burma's Aung Pyan Tun in their final match of the men's sepak takraw team doubles at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyidaw, on Friday, 20 December. (PHOTO: AP)

Burma’s sepak takraw men’s doubles team won the gold medal after defeating Indonesia in the final on Friday in front of a partisan crowd in the 5,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.

Despite losing the first set 10-21, Aung Pyah Tun and Wai Phyo fought back in the second, winning 21-15.

Roared on by the home supporters, the Burmese pair prevailed in the final set to claim the SEA Games title 2-1.

Burma now has 68 gold medals, 52 silver and 61 bronze, second in the table to Thailand which has 86 golds.