NDO – Wushu artist Duong Thuy Vi and cyclist Nguyen Thi That brought home two more gold medals for Vietnam on the second official day of competition (August 21) at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Hanoi-born martial fighter, Thuy Vi, convinced referees with an eye-catching performance in the women’s qiangshu event, which featured impressive and difficult maneuvers, and was therfore given a mark of 9.67 points.
It was Thuy Vi’s second consecutive individual gold medal at this year’s SEA Games, following her jianshu title claimed on August 20.
Concerning the women’s daoshu event, Hoang Thi Phuong Giang missed out on another medal for Vietnam, finishing fifth with 9.37 points, 0.27 point compared to the Singaporean bronze medalist and 0.3 point behind the Indonesian gold medal winner.
Nguyen Thi That secured Vietnam’s second gold of the day as she won the women’s criterium category (seven laps totally measuring 35km), clocking a time of 1:02:09.
Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is expected to add two additional gold medals to Vietnam’s tally after making it through to the women’s 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly finals. Vien topped the 100m backstroke preliminary round with a time of 1:03.84, while finishing second in the 200m butterfly qualification round.
Overseas Vietnamese swimmer Le Nguyen Paul qualified for the men’s 50m butterfly finals after finishing second in the preliminary round with 24.21 seconds, 0.04 second slower than Singapore’s famous swimmer, Joseph Isaac Schooling.
Le Nguyen’s gold medal outlook is not so bright as his direct opponent, Schooling, once swept nine gold medals in swimming competition in the previous SEA Games edition, including six individual and three relay golds. However, a silver medal is quite within the Vietnamese swimmer’s reach.