1981 Southeast Asian Games

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11th Southeast Asian Games
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Host city Manila, Philippines
Nations participating 7
Sports 18
Opening ceremony 6 December
Closing ceremony 15 December
Officially opened by Ferdinand Marcos
President of the Philippines
Torch lighter Benjamin Silva-Netto
Ceremony venue Rizal Memorial Stadium
1979 1983  >

The 1981 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 11th Southeast Asian Games was a multi-sport event held in Manila, Philippines from 6 to 15 December 1981. This was the first time that the Philippines hosted the Games since its first participation in 1977. Philippines is the sixth nation to host the Southeast Asian Games after Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The event was officially opened by President Ferdinand Marcos and the cauldron was lit by Benjamin Silva-Netto. The colourful 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. The final medal tally was led by Indonesia, followed by Thailand and host Philippines.

The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

1Brunei was a British colony at that time. More than 2,200 athletes and officials participated in the Manila Games.


Medal table[edit]


  *   Host nation (Philippines)

1981 Southeast Asian Games medal table
Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Indonesia (INA) 85 73 56 214
2  Thailand (THA) 62 45 41 148
3  Philippines (PHI)* 55 55 77 187
4  Malaysia (MAS) 16 27 31 74
5  Burma (BIR) 15 19 27 61
6  Singapore (SIN) 12 26 33 71
7  Brunei (BRU) 0 0 0 0
Total (7 NOCs) 245 245 265 755
Source: Source

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

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.


Preceded by
Jakarta, Indonesia
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by