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Vietnam beats gold medal target for SEA Games

Vu Duc

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily

Hoang Thi Loan of Vietnam shows his gold medal after winning the women’s standing 55-65kg category of the pencak silat event in Singapore on June 14 - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC - Vietnam has surpassed the target of 70 gold medals at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore before the region’s biggest sporting event wraps up.

Vietnamese athletes on June 14 grabbed eight more gold medals to help the nation consolidate its third ranking at the sporting event with a medal tally of 73 golds, 51 silvers, and 56 bronzes.

Th ailand maintained as the ranking leader with 87 golds, 83 silvers and 64 bronzes, followed by hosts Singapore with 82 golds, 72 silvers and 98 bronzes. Fourth-placed Malaysia has 59 golds and fi fth-positioned Indonesia secured 44 golds.

Nguyen Van Linh won the first gold of the day for the Vietnamese delegation yesterday in the men’s lightweight single (1000m) event as he fi nished in 3’33’’13, the silver medalist Saensuk Jaruwat of Thailand clocked at 3’33’’80 and the bronze medalist Isadi Ardi of Indonesia came third with 3’39’’33.

Linh performed excellently at the Games as he clinched three golds including two golds in the men’s lightweight single (500m) and men’s lightweight single (1000m) events.

Pham Thi Thao and Ta Thanh Huyen securedgoldforVietnam’s rowingsquad when they finished at 3’36’’94 in the women’s lightweight double (1000m) event. The Thai pair came second with a timing of 3’45’’00 and the Indonesians were third with a timing of 3’49’’98.

Le Thi An and Pham Thi Hue defeated Lisdiana Syiva and Rahmanjani Wa Ode Fitri of Indonesia in the fi nal of the women’s pair (1000m) event to win the gold. The Vietnamese athletes clocked at 3’41’’72 while the Indonesian pair finished at 3’41’’79. Th e Singaporean team took
the bronze with 3’48’’18.

Nguyen Thi Trinh, Pham Thi Hue, Cao Thi Hao and Tran Thi An brought home the fourth gold in the day as they were announced as the champions in the women’s lightweight four (1000m) event with a timing of 3’22’’70. The silver went to Indonesian team with 3’22’’92 and the bronze belonged to Thai team with 3’28’’19.

In all, the Vietnamese rowing athletes took eighth golds, four silvers and one bronze while Indonesians netted eight golds, six silvers and four bronzes.

In the pencak silat competition, Vietnamese athletes showed their poor performance at the Games after clinching only three golds, five silvers and two bronzes.

Vietnam won only two tiles although they competed in six finals yesterday. Diep Ngoc Vu Minh and Hoang Thi Loan gained two golds when Minh beat Nur Awaluddin of Indonesia 5-0 in the men’s tanding class A (45-50kg) category and Loan defeated Wita Wewey 5-0 in the women’s tanding class C (55-60kg) category. Meanwhile, the local athletes scooped four silvers as Nguyen Thai Linh was lost to Chemaeng Adilan from Thailand in the men’s tanding class C (55-60kg) fi nal, Nguyen Thi Yen was defeated 5-0 by Mohamed Nasir Siti Rahmah from Malaysia in the women’s tanding class D (60-65kg) final.

Vu Van Hoang failed to win the men’s tanding class E (65-70kg) final after losing 5-0 to Jamari Mohd Al Jufferi from Malaysia and Tran Dinh Nam just won silver after losing 5-0 to Juma’en Muhammad Nur Alfi an from Singapore in the men’s tanding class F (70-75kg) final.

In the archery event, Nguyen Tien Cuong won his title in the men’s individual compound event when he narrowly beat Ruslan Zulfadhli of Malaysia 138-137 in the fi nal. Overall, Vietnamese athletes took two golds, one silver and two bronzes, behind leaders Malaysia with fi ve golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

In the women’s volleyball, Vietnam crushed hosts Singapore 25-17, 20-12, 25-14 in the semifi nal. Vietnam will meet powerhouse Th ailand, who beat Indonesia 21-25, 25-13, 25-23 and 25-13 in another semifi nal. Ha Th i Nguyen took home the gold in the Taekwondo competition later yesterday after trouncing Md Ja’afar Nurulain from Brunei 20-0 in the fi nal of the women’s under 62kg category.

Meanwhile, Phan Trung Duc was defeated 19-12 by Morrison Samuel Th omas of the Philippines, just taking the silver in the men’s under 68kg category and Pham Thi Thu Hien netted the silver after losing 20-12 to Lopez Pauline Louise of the Philippines in the women’s under 57kg category and Badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh, who ranks 23rd in the world,
made a poor start at the Games as the Vietnam’s top player was knocked out by Loh Kean Yew of Singapore, who ranks 149th in the world, with a score of 21-16, 15-21, 21-17 in the men’s single round 16.

Men’s football team vie for bronze today

* The long-conceived dream of Vietnam’s U-23 men’s football squad to lift the trophy of the SEA Games for the fi rst time was shattered when they were defeated 2-1 by Myanmar at the first semi-final at National Stadium on Saturday.

The Vietnamese team now can fight it out with Indonesia, who lost 5-0 to defending champions Thailand in the second semi-fi nal, for the bronze medal at 1:00 p.m. at National Stadium today. Myanmar will take on the holders for gold at 7:30 p.m. at the same venue.

Medals Standings







1. Thailand





2. Singapore





3. Vietnam





4. Malaysia





5. Indonesia





6. Philippines





7. Myanmar





8. Cambodia





9. Laos





10. Brunei





11. Timor Leste










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