A Taste of 2017 SEA Games

The 2017 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) is taking place in Kuala Lumpur from 19th to 30th August 2017.  This is the 29th edition of the biennial multi-sport event involving athletes from 11 countries.  Malaysia last hosted the event in 2001.

Sign post for KL Sports City venues

Welcome all to 2017 KL SEA Games

As it has been 16 years since the games was last held in Kuala Lumpur, I took the time to watch athletics at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.  I took the LRT Sri Petaling Line to Kuala Lumpur Sports City.  The stadium is just a short walk from the Bukit Jalil LRT station.

The semi covered walkway to Bukit Jalil Stadium

SEA Games flags around the games venue

Sponsors’ tents area

Food trucks lined both sides of the semi covered walkway offering a variety of food and beverages to hungry spectators and supporters of the games.  However no food and drinks is allowed to be brought into the stadium.  Waste recycling bins are placed around the venues as part of the games green initiatives.

Colourful food trucks all the way to the stadium

Visitors have to undergo a security check before entering the stadium.  The Bukit Jalil Stadium was upgraded and refurbished specially for the SEA Games.  The stadium was quite empty for the afternoon events.  Turnout was better for the evening events.

Bukit Jalil Stadium is the venue for the SEA Games Athletics events

Inside the upgraded and refurbished stadium

The SEA Games, Malaysia and SEA Games Federation flags inside the stadium

The gigantic torch

The energetic Malaysian supporters

Cameraman ready to capture all the action

The highlights for the day were the Men’s 100m and Women’s 100m sprints.  Vietnamese Le Tu Chinh won the Women’s race while Malaysian Khairul Hafiz won the Men’s race to the delight of the home crowd.

Men’s 400m Hurdles Final

Pushing hard to the finish line!

The Malaysian race walkers helping each other out in the Men’s 20km Walk

Singapore walker cooling off during the Men’s 20km Walk Final

In pain but gritting his teeth to push on for the bronze medal

Runners in action in the Men’s 800m Semi Final

Filipino decathlete managed to clear the bar!

And off she goes………. Vietnamese Thi Hu Yen in action in the Women’s 400m Hurdles Final

Anxiously waiting for the race results to be displayed on the big screen

The blue riband event of the day

Athletes in action in the Men’s 100m dash

Khairul Hafiz, the fastest man in South East Asia!

Last day of the athletics programme will be on Saturday, 26th August.  Do go and show your support for our athletes!

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