1981 Southeast Asian Games

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11th Southeast Asian Games
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Theme: ""
Host city Manila, Philippines
Nations participating 7
Athletes participating over 2000 (including officials)
Events --- in 18 sports
Opening ceremony December 6, 1981
Closing ceremony December 15, 1981
Officially opened by Ferdinand Marcos
President of the Philippines
Ceremony venue Rizal Memorial Stadium

The 11th Southeast Asian Games were held in Manila, Philippines from December 6, 1981 to December 15, 1981. This was the first time that the Philippines hosted the Games since its first participation in 1977. The event was officially opened by President Ferdinand Marcos and the cauldron was lit by Benjamin Silva-Netto. The colorful opening ceremony was held in the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. A new football stadium and indoor arena was built in Pasig named the University of Life Track & Field and Arena or the ULTRA, now called the PhilSports Arena. The adjacent apartments were used as the athlete's quarters and was converted into a BLISS housing project of First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Medal count[edit]

      Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Indonesia 85 73 56 214
2  Thailand 62 45 41 148
3  Philippines 55 55 77 187
4  Malaysia 16 27 31 74
5  Burma 15 19 27 61
6  Singapore 12 26 33 71
7  Brunei1 0 0 0 0
Total 245 245 265 755

1Brunei was a British colony at that time.

More than 2,200 athletes and officials participated in the Manila Games.

Bong Coo emerged as its most successful Filipino campaigner. She won six medals in six events, four of which were gold medals where she set six individual game records. Bong won the gold in Ladies Doubles with Lita de la Rosa and averaged 221 in Trios en route to an Individual All Events gold medal and became the South East Asian Games Masters champion.

Lydia de Vega was acclaimed the Queen of SEAGames Athletics when she won the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter in record times.



Preceded by
Jakarta, Indonesia
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by