(HBO) – The final round of the men’s and women’s downhill biking at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) took place in Dan Chu ward of Hoa Binh city on March 15. The women’s event saw the competition of eight athletes from five countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines). Meanwhile, the men’s event was attended by 10 athletes from five countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines).


 

Local spectators show support for athletes in downhill mountain biking.

In the women’s event, PRASTIKA Tiara Andini of Indonesia won the gold medal, finishing the race in 3 minutes and 31.531 seconds. DEEKABALLES Vipavee of Thailand who clocked 3 minutes and 42.337 second obtained the silver while GARDOED Naomi of the Philippines with 3 minutes and 44.722 seconds the bronze.

In the men’s event, the gold medal went to Thailand’s BOONSANE Methasit who recorded 3 minutes and 06.027 seconds. The silver and bronze medals respectively belonged to Indonesia’s PRAYOGA Andy with 3 minutes and 09.356 seconds, and the Philippines’ FARR John Derick with 3 minutes and 13.138 seconds.

Nguyen Ngoc Vu, who is responsible for cycling at the Vietnam Sports Administration and also a member of the SEA Games 31 Organising Committee, said Southeast Asian countries are strong at downhill biking, so the races had very high quality.

Downhill biking has a maximum time limit, and the distance is often 1.5km long. Though the race distance was 2km in the finals, the best result in this round was 3 minutes and 06.027 seconds, which was much less than the limit of 5 minutes.

This was an encouraging sign showing the high quality of athletes at this year’s Games, Vu noted.

 


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