The host already claimed 31 gold medals, 18 silvers, and 26 bronzes at the time of writing to remain on top of the table and far outpace other countries.

Rowing contributed four golds and one silver, wushu snatched one gold and one bronze, and track and field claimed one gold on Saturday morning.

With 13 golds, 14 silvers, and three bronzes, Indonesia ranked second, followed by Malaysia, who also got 13 golds and had 12 more bronzes than Indonesia, but pocketed just five silvers.

The Philippines and Thailand completed the top five, while Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Laos, and Timor Leste came next in that sequence.

The 31st SEA Games, which boast 526 categories in 40 sports, are currently taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities and will run until May 23.

The biennial event was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, 2021 but was postponed after Vietnam saw a flare-up of COVID-19 cases in late April the same year.

Over 7,878 athletes, coaches, and members of 11 sports delegations in Southeast Asia have registered for the event.

Vietnam’s delegation participating in this year’s SEA Games consists of 951 athletes competing in 508 categories, 250 coaches, 30 experts, and 46 team managers.

Vietnam sets a target of winning at least 140 gold medals and ranking first in the medal table.

Vietnam ranked second behind host the Philippines, winning 98 gold, 85 silver, and 105 bronze medals at the 30th SEA Games in 2019.

This is the second time that Vietnam has hosted the SEA Games after the first time in 2003. 

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