Hosts Malaysia’s men’s goalball team dethroned five-time ASEAN Para Games champions Thailand ©Kuala Lumpur 2017

Hosts Malaysia’s men’s goalball team dethroned five-time Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Para Games champions Thailand as action at the 2017 edition of the multi-sport event reached its conclusion today in Kuala Lumpur.

The underdogs came out 9-5 winners at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

It ended Thailand’s dominance in the sport, which stretches all the way back to 2005.

"For 12 years we have waited for this glorious moment and we had to wait until the last hour to celebrate," Malaysia’s Husnaini Samsudin said.

"We are all excited with this victory as we have shown that nothing is impossible."

Muhammad Amirul and Muhammad Haiqal scored early goals to help the home nation establish a 5-2 half-time lead.

Noppadon Poosrisom and Siwarin Phonphirun closed the gap on the resumption of play, but Malaysia ultimately pulled away to clinch a historic win.

"Every player in the team had pledged to break Thailand’s domination by claiming the gold for the first time in 12 years and they kept good of the promise," Malaysia’s coach Abdul Kadir Raham said.

"These players are made of steel."

In the bronze medal match, Laos defeated Indonesia 17-12.

The women’s goalball competition saw Thailand claim the gold medal with a 5-0 win over Laos in the final.

Malaysia were the bronze medallists.

Malaysia's Ting Ing Hock lost the men’s class nine table tennis final ©Kuala Lumpur 2017
Malaysia's Ting Ing Hock lost the men’s class nine table tennis final ©Kuala Lumpur 2017

There was also a table tennis competition held today, as Ting Ing Hock, Malaysia’s most senior Para-table tennis player, lost to Indonesia’s Supriyatna Gumilar in the men’s class nine final.

An 8-11, 7-11, 9-11 defeat meant Ting failed in his mission of securing a second gold medal.

"This may be my last outing in the Games after 14 years competing for the national team," he said.

"I was hoping to win the 15th gold in the ASEAN Para Games and I am disappointed.

"Now it’s time to move on and coach the junior players."

Chee Chaoming, another Malaysian player, and Myanmar’s Saw Hay Htoo shared the bronze medals.

In the women’s singles class five event, Indonesia’s Roslinda Br Manurung defeated Malaysia’s Azila Alias 11-2, 11-3, 11-0 for the gold medal.

Fellow Malaysian Chung Sow Fun took the bronze.

The week-long ASEAN Para Games concluded with a colourful Closing Ceremony at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Indonesia topped the overall medal standings with 126 golds, 75 silvers and 50 bronzes.

Malaysia finished second with 90 golds, 85 silvers and 83 bronzes, while Thailand came third with 68 golds, 73 silvers and 95 bronzes.

The 2019 edition of the ASEAN Games is due to be held in The Philippines' capital Manila.