Vietnam swimmer takes gold, sets record at AIMG in S. Korea

In dramatic come from behind fashion, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, 16, took the gold in the women’s 200m medley swimming event at the 2013 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Incheon, South Korea Sunday.

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won the gold medal in the women's 200m medley swim at the 2013 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in South Korea on SundayNguyen Thi Anh Vien won the gold medal in the women’s 200m medley swim at the 2013 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in South Korea on Sunday

Vien got off to a slow start and trailed Zhou Yanxin of China for the first 175m of the race.

But Vien finished the final 25m with a flurry, managing to catch and surpass her Chinese rival 5m from the finish to win with a time of 2 minutes, 10.5 seconds, which set a new AIMG record.

Lam Quang Thanh, chief of the Vietnamese sports delegation, came to the pool deck to congratulate Vien and present her with a VND4 million cash bonus. “My heart almost fell out of my chest when Anh Vien took the incredible win,” Thanh said.

“I’ve always been confident in training with a belief that my hard work would be fruitful at the regional stage, but I didn’t expect I would beat the Chinese competitor at this fourth edition of AIMAG,” said Vien.

“I was on top in the qualifying round but I knew the [Chinese] rival had not done her best, so I told myself to keep calm, rather than be too confident.”

“Anh Vien did better than I had expected. Her sprinting was fantastic,” said her coach, Dang Anh Tuan.

Another Vietnamese swimmer, Tran Duy Khoi, finished second in the men’s 200m medley with a time of 2 minutes 0.24 seconds, a mere fraction of a second behind the winner, China’s Mao Fellian, who finished in 1 minute 56.61 seconds.

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