Following are the top ten Vietnamese athletes with excellent performance at the Games selected by Nhan Dan Online.
1. Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (three gold medals, swimming)
Vien is the only female swimmer to secure three individual gold medalsat this year’s SEA Games, taking one gold advantage over region-famousswimmers including Li Tao of Singapore and Junkrajang of Thailand.
She also won the most medals for the Vietnam sports contingent with atotal grand of six – three gold medals in the 200m backstroke, 200mmedley and 400m medley; two silver in the 100m backstroke and 400mfreestyle; and one bronze in the 800m freestyle discipline.
Vien polished her outstanding achievements by breaking two SEA Gamesrecords in the women’s 200m backstroke and 400m medley events, withrespective time of 2:14.80 and 4:46.16.
2. Vu Thi Huong (two gold medals, track-and-field)
The ‘queen of speed’ staged a stunning comeback from injury with adouble of gold medals in the women’s 100m and 200m dashes. Huongfinished the 200m race in 23.55 seconds, surpassing the Asian gold medalby 0.07 second.
Huong also contributedsignificantly to Vietnam’s 4x100m relay silver medal, producing alightning sprint which lifted her team from fourth to aggregate secondplace with 44.99 seconds.
3. Thach Kim Tuan (two gold medals, weightlifting)
The 19-year-old weightlifter helped Vietnam defend the men’s 56kgcrown won by Tran Le Quoc Tuan at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia. Hetook the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg and broke two SEA Gamesrecords with a snatch lift of 129kg and clean and jerk lift of 156kg.
2013 seems to be a perfect year for Tuan as heenriched his medal collection with additional three world bronze, threeAsian silver and two SEA Games gold medals.
4. Nguyen Van Lai (two gold medals, track-and-field)
Nguyen Van Lai was the most notable name of Vietnam track-and-field atthis year’s SEA Games. He exceeded expectations with two precious goldmedals in the men’s 5,000m (14:19.35) and 10,000m (29:44.82), which havenever been Vietnam’s strengths at a SEA Games competition.
Lai’s surprising gold medals helped the national track-and-field teamrealise their target of winning 10-12 gold medals set prior to theGames.
5. Hoang Xuan Vinh (three gold medals, shooting)
Prominent shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh continued to have a successful SEAGames season as he accounted for three of the seven gold medals won byVietnamese marksmen at the 27th Games in Myanmar – one individual in the10m air pistol and two team medals in the 10m air pistol and 50m slowfire pistol events.
This is the fourth consecutive time Vinh has defended his 10m air pistol title at the biggest regional sporting event.
6. Van Ngoc Tu (one gold medal, Judo)
After her shocking quarterfinal loss at the 26th SEA Games two yearsago, top Vietnam judoka Van Ngoc Tu made an impressive return at thisyear’s Games with the women’s 48kg championship title.
She knocked out her Filipino opponent Helen Wada in just 30 seconds toclaim her fifth gold medal in her six times to participate in the SEAGames competition. Tu is also one of the few Vietnamese athletes to bagfive SEA Games gold medals.
7. Luu Thi Duyen (one gold medal, boxing)
Luu Thi Duyen made history as the first Vietnamese female boxer to wina SEA Games gold medal following her victory over Sudaporan Seesondeeof Thailand in the women’s 60kg finals on December 14.
8. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (two gold medals, chess)
Vietnam’s chess prodigy Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son had an extremelysuccessful SEA Games competition as he finished supreme in both therapid and blitz chess podiums.
Notably in bothevents, Son claimed the championship title with one round left to play,which has demonstrated his superiority at the regional arena.
9. Do Thi Thao (two gold medals, track-and-field)
Young talent Do Thi Thao proved herself as a worthy successor to hersenior Truong Thanh Hang in middle distances by winning the 800m and1,500m races at the 27th SEA Games.
The two preciousSEA Games gold medals wrapped up a successful year to the 17-year-oldgirl. Earlier in May, Thao impressed spectators with three silver medalson the 800m race at the Asian Athletics Grand Prix competition inThailand and Sri Lanka.
10. Pham Thi Binh (one gold medal, track-and-field)
Pham Thi Binh clinched the women’s marathon crown after finishing the race in two hours, 45 minutes and 34 seconds.
This is Vietnam’s first gold medal in marathon, the most difficulttrack and field discipline, and a precious reward for the girl fromQuang Ngai province, who used to overcome her innate heart disease tostart the track-and-field career.-VNA
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