(VOV) – Female Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien took a silver medal in the 100m backstroke event at the 2013 Asian Youth Games in China on August 20.
Vien performed well in the qualifying and semi-final rounds, but was outplayed by Im Dasol of the Republic of Korea in the final.
In her first 50m, Vien came in third with 65 percent seconds less than the Korean rival. She tried to narrow the gap in the last 50m, and was only able to overcome Yekaterina Dymchenko of Kazakhstan to finish second, with a time of 1min3sec46, 38 percent seconds less than Im.
The 15-year-old Korean talent was lost to Vien at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in early August.
This was a disappointing result for Vien who clocked 1min2sec47 at the 2012 Southeast Asian championships. At last year’s Asian championships, her record was 2min2sec75.
However, Vien is full of hope for a gold when she will compete in other swimming categories, including 200m backstroke on August 21.
In men’s 100m backstroke, Vietnamese swimmer Tran Duy Khoi was placed fourth with 59sec14, 14 percent seconds less than the third.
Vien’s silver is the second medal awarded to Vietnam at the 2013 Asian Youth Games. The first silver went to weightlifter Tuan Anh in the men’s 56kg category.
Previously, the Vietnamese men’s football team was disqualified from the quarter-finals after being defeated by Iran 1-2.