Vietnam’s top bodybuilders win world and Asian golds

Vietnam’s top female bodybuilder, Nguyen Thi My Linh, won a gold medal at the Asian Bodybuilding Championship in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6.

Linh, competing in the women’s 52kg category, managed to palm another gold medal one hour later at the World Bodybuilding Championship, held in the same venue.

This was the third time that Linh, 40, has won the Asian gold medal, beating You Mi-hee of South Korea in the final.

The HCM City-born athlete previously won the Asian gold medal in 2005-2006 and Asian silver medals in 2004, 2007 and 2009 for women’s under 52kg category. In 2008, she was suspended for one year by the Asian Bodybuilding Federation for doping before the Asian Bodybuilding Championship 2008.

Earlier, Vietnam’s leading male bodybuilder, Pham Van Mach, won a gold medal in the men’s 55kg event on October 5. This is his sixth Asian gold medal.

At the Asian Bodybuilding Championship 2010 in Iran, Mach lost the gold medal in the final game against Ehsan Khajavi Jafarabad in men’s 55kg category. However, he won the gold medal at the World Bodybuilding Championship 2010, defeating this Iranian bodybuilder.

The Asian Bodybuilding Championship 2011 took place on October 4-7, in Thailand. During this time, the third World Championship for Female Bodybuilders took place.

The Vietnamese team includes 15 bodybuilders, including four top female athletes. It targeted to win at least one Asian gold medal and one world silver medal.

So far, Vietnamese bodybuilders have won three gold medals (two Asian and one world gold medals), five silver and eight bronze medals.