SEA Games 2021 in 2022: Day two as it happened: Aleah Finnegan makes Philippines debut, helps win team gold, EJ Obiena reclaims pole vault title

Day 2, Saturday 14 May, brought more gymnastics with U.S./Filipina Aleah Finnegan headlining, 11 medals in track and field, swimming, football, and so much more. Click here for results, schedules, live updates and live streams throughout the day.

By Ken Browne

The SEA Games 2021 (Postponed to 2022) are in full flow and showcasing the best of Southeast Asian sport and culture.

Here's a full preview of the event which will give you a good overview of what's going on and the stars of these Games to watch out for.

Gymnastics, swimming, athletics (track and field), and football are centre-stage on day two (Saturday 14 May).

And with 3x3 basketball finals, mountain biking and much more to come in chess, golf, kickboxing, kurash (A type of Asian wrestling), muaythai, pencak silat, petanque, rowing, sepak takraw, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and wushu all happening, there's something for everyone.

Keep up right here, hit refresh for updates.

All times local in Hanoi.


SEA Games 2022 Live stream

Here's the official event YouTube page, and today's live stream for the event is below, keep an eye here for streams of different sports throughout the day:

10pm - Men's and women's Football results


Singapore 2-2 Malaysia
Thailand 5-0 Cambodia

That commanding win today puts Thailand in a favourable position to qualify, while Malaysia currently top the group on seven points.

Cambodia would have to beat Malaysia and Thailand would have to lose to Laos for Honda's team to make the semis.


Vietnam 7-0 Cambodia

Reigning champs Vietnam qualify in top spot with two wins, nine goals scored and just one conceded. The Philippines qualify second in Group A and advance to the semi-finals to face the winner of Group B.

Group B will be decided tomorrow with Thailand fancied to overcome Laos, and second place will come down to the result of Myanmar-Singapore where a draw would be enough for Myanmar.

9:30pm - Thailand win men's and women's 3x3 basketball

Thailand have done the double in th 3x3 basketball.

The women beat defending champs Philippines in the semi-final 21-12, with the men's team also downing the Filipino reigning champs in their semi by 21-17.

In a tight women's final with the hosts Vietnam that was 19-19 with 12 seconds to go the highly rated Businprom popped up with two clutch points to win it for the fighting elephants.

The men's final was also Vietnam v Thailand and the Thais got the better of the hosts in another thriller with the help of star man Antonio Price Sunthornchot.

9:15pm - Swimming Day 1 results: Quah Ting Wen lengthens legacy

Plenty of splashing and dashing went on today, here are Saturday's results:

Singapore's Quah Ting Wen added to her extremely long list of SEA Games medals winning the 100m freestyle, the 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley.

Her 200m butterfly time of 2:09.52 is a new SEA Games meet record, and a new Singapore national record.

In the men's comp Vietnam took the men's 4x100m free ahead of Indonesia and Thailand, and Singapore also topped the men's 100m backstroke with Quah Zheng Wen clocking 54.83.

Phạm Thanh Bao from Vietnam won the men's 100m breastroke in 1:01.17 ahead of Singaporean Maximillian Ang Wei (1:01.58) and Gagarin Nathaniel from Indonesia earned bronze in 1:02.74.

8:45pm - Aleah Finnegan: "The fans were amazing, we have so much love and support"

Finnegan spoke to after winning gold and silver in the women's all-around action today (Scroll down for full results).

Formerly a Team USA gymnast, she made her Philippines debut today, with her proud mother watching on.

"My mom was born and raised in Manila and lived there until she was 19/20 years old so we still have lots of family back in the Philippines, my uncle and his wife are here as well, we do still have lots of family over there.

"It felt really great to be out here and to be able to compete and have this opportunity, for them (The Filipino team) to trust me like this and the fans were amazing out there, we have so much love and support, it's a little bit overwhelming but at the end of the day we're so appreciative of it."

"They truly get us hyped up, they're so supportive and we couldn't ask for anything else.

So what inspired this return to elite international competition?

"All those people around me who are so supportive, and those who aren't as well, the ones who are like 'you're crazy'... God's given me the talent and the ability and the body to continue to perform and that's what I'm going to do."

8:15pm - EJ Obiena: "Happy to defend my title and get back-to-back wins"

Pole-vault champ EJ Obiena spoke to saying "The added bonus was having a 1-2 Philippines finish, something we haven't done for a really long time and I'm happy that in the end we were able to pull it off."

So what's next?

"We still have competitions coming in, the world championships is right around the corner, the season ends in September so still a lot of training to do, lots of prep, but we're looking forward to it.

(Scroll down for results)

7:45pm - Men's and women's football

Lots happening this evening, Vietnam's play Cambodia in women's Group A decider, a win guarantees them a semi-final spot.

And Thailand are dominating Keisuke Honda's Cambodia, currently 4-0 to the good.

Make that five.

Singapore drew 2-2 with Malaysia earlier.

7pm - Aleah Finnegan and mom have a sweet cry

It's the first time Aleah competed internationally under the Filipino flag, the country where her mother comes from.

We caught up with a proud mom after the medal ceremony and the tears flowed.

Video here:

6:30pm - EJ Obiena wins pole vault gold, breaks Games Record

Philippines pole vaulter EJ Obiena doubled down on the pole vault gold medal he won at the 2019 SEA Games and went one better by breaking his own Games Record.

The Filipino Eagle soared to 5.46m to secure gold, raising the bar from the 5.45 he set in Manila three years ago.

And there were more Pinoy celebrations as fellow Filipino Hokkett Delos Santos came second clearing 5 metres and Malaysia's Alwi Iskandar picked up bronze after he scaled 4.80m.

6:15pm - Gymnastics: Philippines win team all-around, Indonesia's Rifda Irfanaluthfi wins individual

Aleah Finnegan helps Philippines to team all-around gold on her debut appearance for the nation where her mother was born, also claiming silver in the individual.

SEA Games 2022 women's all-around results:

  1. Philippines 184.500
  2. Vietnam 183.800
  3. Singpore 182.550

And a huge result for Indonesia's Irfanaluthfi who claims the SEA Games 2021 individual all-around.

Individual all-around results:

  1. Rifda Irfanaluthfi (INA) 49.650
  2. Aleah Finnegan Cruz (PHI) 49.250
  3. Rachel Yeoh Li Wen (MAS) 48.550

6pm - Aleah Finnegan competes for the Philippines for the first time

Born in Missouri, Aleah Finnegan competed for the U.S. for years, now she's back at elite international level representing the Philippines.

It wasn't perfect, there was a fall on the uneven bars and a couple of other small mistakes, but she just spoke to and said she's happy overall with her performance.

The Filipino crowd here in the Quan Ngua Sports Palace in Hanoi made a lot of noise and gave her a big welcome to the team.

We're waiting for results with the Filipino team in with a shot at the team all-around and Indonesia looking strong in the individual.

5:20pm - Track: Singapore's Shanti Pereira wins women's 200m

Singaporean sprinter Veronica Shanti Pereira reclaims the 200m crown that she won at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.

Pereira clocked 23:51 to outpace Filipina Twins Kyla (23:56) and Kayla Richardson (23:87).

5pm - Women's 3x3 basketball: Semi-final results

Thailand 21-14 Philippines

Vietnam 19-16 Indonesia

Vietnam vs. Thailand in the gold medal final while Indonesia and the Philippines will square off for bronze, all to be decided today!

4:30pm: SEA Games 2022 Athletics (Track and field) Results

Let's collate all the track and field results right here for easy viewing, so far the men's and the women's hammer results and the women's 1500m are in:

Women's hammer throw:

  1. Grace Wong (MAS) 57.13m
  2. Mingkamon Koomphon (THA) 50.28m
  3. Panwat Gimsrang (THA) 49.64m

Men's Hammer throw:

  1. Jackie Wong (MAS) 66.49
  2. Kittipong Boonmawan (THA) 64.54m
  3. Sadat Marzuqi Ajisan (MAS) 58.86 m

Women's 1500m:

  1. Nguyen Thi Oanh (VIE) 4:14.980
  2. Khuat Phuong Anh (VIE) 4:26.900
  3. Goh Chui Ling (SIN) 4:33.410

Women's 200m:

  1. Shanti Pereira (SIN) 23:51
  2. Kyla Ashley Maico Richardson (PHI) 23:56
  3. Kayla Anise Maico  Richardson (PHI) 23:87

4:15pm - Indonesia sweep men's rowing golds, Vietnam sweep the women's

Hugely impressive rowing displays from these two nations.

Indonesia took all six men's and Vietnam all six women's gold medal finals here in Hanoi.

3:45pm - Thailand defeat Philippines' women's volleyball team 3-0

The reigning champs asserted their class over the Filipinas, winning 21-15, 21-13, 21-14.

A dominant display from the Thais who set their stall out early, they went 6-0 up in the first set and blitzed the Philippines, and while the team wearing red found their feet and fought back to 9-7, the set eventually slipped away from them.

The rest of the match followed a similar pattern and the Philippines just couldn't find a foothold.

The Thais have a winning streak in this competition dating back to 1995 and don't look like they countenance loosening that grip any time soon.

Love the way the Philippines were still bouncing and positive and congratulating each other and the opposition after the game, true sportsmanship, lovely to see.

2:30pm - Day 2 Track and field results

Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Oanh claims 1500m gold.

2:10pm - Athletics live stream

And here's an athletics (track and field) live stream on the official Facebook page.

11 gold medal events today!

2pm - Women's volleyball: Thailand- Philippines live stream

Huge match here between the reigning champs and a determined Philippines who finished just off the podium in fourth at the last SEA Games in their back yard in Manila.

Watch now on the live stream.

In the men's game Cambodia has just defeated the Philippines three sets to one.

1:30pm - SEA Games 2022 Esports live stream

With huge interest around the Esports events here are a couple of live streams up and running now:

League of Legends: Wild Rift and FIFA Online 4.

1pm - Women's volleyball: Thailand vs Philippines in an hour

A crunch match in women's volleyball today sees reigning champs Thailand take on the Philippines an hour from now (2pm Vietnam time).

Some big stars on show here like Thailand's ageless captain Pleumjit Thinkaow and her setter ally Nootsara Tomkom, and Filipina superstar Alyssa Valdez.

We caught up with Alyssa here in Hanoi, here's what she said in the first part of our interview.

She told a funny story of how her boyfriend Kiefer (Who's also at these Games with the basketball team) had a little flex when he found out he was coming, see the Tweet below or click here to hear it.

Second part coming soon!

12:40pm - Women's Gymnastics update

It's the women's all-around team and individual today.

Gymnasts compete in the team event then their scores are also used to decide the individual medals.

Singapore completed their morning session and later this afternoon we'll see Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam compete.

The star name is Aleah Finnegan who's competing for the Philippines after some success with the USA gymnastics team.

We'll see some world-class competition in floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, balance beam this afternoon starting from 3:20pm Vietnam time (UTC+7).

12:15pm - Triathlon double for the Philippines

The men's and women's triathlons belong to the Philippines with Kim Mangrobang reigning supreme in the women’s individual for her third straight SEA Games gold medal.

And there was another Filipina on the podium with Raven Alcoseba bagging bronze.

The men's belonged to the Filipinos too, going 1-2 with Fernando Casares and Kim Remolino claiming the top two steps of the podium.

11:45am - Brunei bags first gold of the Games

It's gold for Brunei in Wushu, Mohammad Adi Salihin Roslan winning the men's taolu nanquan event.

11am - EJ Obiena to defend pole vault title today

Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena will defend the title he won in 2019 today, look out for him later with the final at 4:05pm.

10:15am - Track and field: Malaysia's Grace Wong wins hammer!

The women's hammer throw final is done with Grace Wong from Malaysia in the golden position.

Thailand finished in both silver and bronze positions Panwat Gimsrang and Mingkamon Koomphon completing the podium.

9:30am - Singapore's Tsan Brother/sister duo chachachaing their way to the podium

Chelsy and Gary Tsan represent Singapore here in Hanoi in the dancesport discipline.

This Singaporean brother-sister act will put their own spin on chachacha, paso doble and jive tomorrow 15 May.

Chelsy Tsan, 18, bagged a huge seven-medal haul at the 2019 CK Open International Dancesport Championships including two gold, and is now ready to bring all that latin dance-inspired flavour to Hanoi.

"Winning those seven medals boosted my self-belief, that was my biggest achievement," she said.

Chelsy is a SEA Games debutante but brother Gary took part in 2019 in Manila, but they won't be the only sibling pair on the dancefloor, look out for Jerome and Rachel Teo, also from Singapore who won two medals at the last SEA Games.

9am - Table Tennis: Teams semi-finals

It's Vietnam-Singapore in the women's team semi-final right now, Singapore leading by 2 sets to 1 but Vietnam looking strong in the third, leading 10-4.

Here's a live stream.

8:30am - Golf: SEA Games 2022 Day 1 results

Action got underway at the Heron Lake Golf Course in Vinh Yen early this morning, yesterday Thai golfers led the women's field with Eila Galitsky and Natthakritta Vongtaveelap both finishing on five under.

While Indonesia's Hailey Loh Suanne and Malaysian golfer Jeneath Wong both carded a strong -1.

And in the men's individual competition it was Thailand on top of the charts too, Weerawish Narkprachar finished four under.

Hiroshi Hirahara Tai from Singapore sat second after Round 1 on three under and Indonesia's Amadeus Christian Susanto signed a -2 along with another Thai golfer Pongsapak Laopakdee.

Day 2 preview

Another day of captivating action is already underway.

Yesterday Philippines' world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo won the men's individual all around, and took silver in the team event with the Filipino team, later telling about how he's fully focused on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Today it's Aleah Finnegan's turn, she competed for the U.S. team for years and now represents the Philippines - she'll compete in the women's team and individual all-around competitions.

Here's a full gymnastics preview and schedule for these Games.

Swimming starts today too and we'll see seven gold medal finals, the biggest star at these Games is Singapore's Rio gold medallist Joseph Schooling.

Get a swimming preview and schedule here.

Women's volleyball, men's and women's football, badminton and golf also continue today.

Xin Chao!

Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of SEA Games fun in Hanoi, stay with us for all the latest news, interviews, results and live updates.


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