Trần Hưng Nguyên celebrates his men's 400m medley win on May 15. VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên Thanh Hà Trần Hưng Nguyên set a new record in the SEA Games 31 men's 400m medley on May 15 at the Hà Nội Water Sports Palace. The Vietnamese swimmer finished first with a time of 4:18.10 to take a gold medal. His new record was more than two seconds better than the 4:20.65 he set at the previous Games in the Philippines. It is also the new national record of Việt Nam. Nguyên was left behind in the first 100m butterfly but he came back in the second lap of backstroke and pulled ahead in the last two laps. His 16-year-old teammate Nguyễn Quang Thuấn came second and Aflah Fadlan Prawira of Indonesia was third. "I have waited this day for a long time. It is my favourite category, when I can show my best," Nguyên told the media. "I trained hard, I also had good results in competitions prior to the SEA Games. I was really confident defending my title," the 19-year-old said. Nguyên will … [Read more...] about Swimmer Nguyên sets new record
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A Vietnamese player (right) contests the ball against Cambodia in the men's beach volleyball qualifying round in Quảng Ninh Province. Việt Nam won 2-1 after three matches on May 15. VNA/VNS Photo Quang Đạt QUẢNG NINH — The Philippines got off to a good start to the men's beach volleyball qualifying round on Tuần Châu Island, Quảng Ninh Province beating Singapore 2-0 on the first day of the event. The two teams (number 1 and 2) of the Philippines both got a 2-0 win over Singapore to grab the overall win in the curtain-raiser of the men’s division. Thailand had to edge out Malaysia 2-1 in the conclusive third match to ink their first win in the qualifying round. In the first match, Thailand lost to Malaysia 2-1, but they then tied the score with a 2-0 win in the second match. In the third match, Thailand took a 2-1 win over Malaysia to draw first blood. The hosts Việt Nam had a poor start in the first match against Cambodia, when the first team of Việt Nam lost 2-0. In the … [Read more...] about First day of beach volleyball gets off to a good start
Vietnam advanced to semi-finals with all four winning matches. Vietnam continued winning in the fourth and final match of the group stage at SEA Games 31 by a 2-0 win against Timor Leste at Viet Tri Stadium, north of Hanoi on May 15, securing the first place in Group A with 10 points. Vietnam U23 players celebrate goals in match against Timor Leste on May 15. Photo: Anh Khoa The home team’s goals were scored by Van Tung, 53’, and Thanh Minh, 65. In all four matches of the group stage, the team was unable to score in the first half. In this game, Vietnam had fewer chances and more false passes than in the previous matches as Coach Park Hang-seo kept good footballers, including three overage players Hoang Duc, Tien Linh, and Captain Hung Dung for substitution. The South Korean tactician sent new faces to the match. “The players gave their best, and I am grateful to them for that. But from now on, the team has to improve its organization to be able to play … [Read more...] about SEA Games 31: Vietnam end group stage without conceding goals
The PM hailed the efforts by the embassy in implementing the external policies of the Party and State, building and promoting the image of the nation and people of Vietnam to U.S. friends, and contributing to making the Vietnam-U.S. ties more practical and effective, including the thorough preparations for the PM’s trip to the U.S. to attend the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit and make a visit to the U.S. and the U.N. He asked the embassy to promptly implement agreements reached between the two countries during this visit. Meeting representatives from the Vietnamese community in the East Coast of the U.S., the Government leader thanked the community for their contribution to the homeland as well as to the relationship between Vietnam and the U.S. He reiterated that the Party and State always consider the Vietnamese community abroad as an indispensable part of the community of ethnic groups in Vietnam, and always do their best to support overseas Vietnamese to settle down in the host … [Read more...] about PM meets Vietnamese embassy officials, community in U.S.
Nguyễn Thị Oanh of Việt Nam won the women's 3,000m steeplechase event on May 15. VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng Thanh Hà Felisberto de Deus won Timor Leste's first SEA Games medal while Nguyễn Thị Oanh of Việt Nam completed a title hat-trick in athletics on May 15 in Hà Nội. Oanh finished first in the women's 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9min 52.46sec, setting a new Games record. Reigning champion Oanh separated from the pack from the first steps. She made an outstanding solo burst for the finish line, leaving all others far behind. Oanh was surprised looking at the electric board and found that her result was a new record. "I could not believe it is a record," Oanh told the media. "I am so happy with this result. We have prepared much for the tournament," said Bắc Giang-born Oanh. “I made it, it was so wonderful," Oanh yelled in front of many supporters at the Mỹ Đình Gymnasium. It was Oanh's third gold this SEA Games, making her the current best athlete. … [Read more...] about Oanh wins hattrick, de Deus brings Brunei first medal