Some athletes shine at 12-day Southeast Asia Games 26 in Indonesia. They are Vietnam’s hopes at the Olympic 2012.
Vietnam aimed to have 30 athletes attending Olympics 2012 in London but it seems to fail to achieve this target.
Except for badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh, who has held a ticket to the Olympics 2012, thanks to his outstanding outcome at the World Badminton Federation’s super series 2011, Vietnam’s hopes in track-and-field and judo have failed though it has invested a lot in these sports.
Vietnamese taekwondo artists will compete in the qualifier round of the Olympics 2012 after the SEA Games 2011. At the current situation, it will be a great success for Vietnam to win tickets to Olympic.
However, rays of hope unexpectedly flashed at the SEA Games 2011.
Gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh: Thanh was a big surprise at the World Gymnastics Championships 2011 in Japan this September when she took the bronze medal to become the first Vietnamese athlete who obtained an official ticket to Olympic.
At the SEA Games 2011 in November, Thanh won three gold medals and one bronze. She has become a brilliant star of Vietnam’s sports and the country’s great hope at the upcoming Olympic.
After the SEA Games, Ha Thanh will prepare for the new goal: winning an Olympic medal.
Tran Le Quoc Toan: Before SEA Games 2011, the media only mentioned weight-lifter Thach Kim Tuan as the replacement of his senior Hoang Anh Tuan who is banned from competition for doping.
After the SEA Games, a new and younger face has appeared. He is Tran Le Quoc Toan.
At the World Weight-lifting Championships 2011 did not win any title, Toan ranked fourth with the total weight of 275kg, only one kilo less than the record of the bronze medalist Hristov Valentin from Azerbaijan.
After that, Toan won the gold medal of SEA Games, with the total weight f 280kg, 4kg higher than Valentin’s bronze medal.
The appearance of Toan has raised Vietnam’s hope at the upcoming Olympic. Toan is expected to be the pillar of the Vietnam’s weight-lifting team in the future.
Toan and Thanh are only 22 now and their future road is very long.