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Swimmer Anh Vien breaks SEA Games record

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Swimmer Anh Vien breaks SEA Games record

Vu Duc

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam competes in the women’s 200m butterfl y event at 29th SEA Games in Malaysia on August 21 - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC - Nguyen Thi Anh Vien broke Southeast Asian Games record in the women’s 100m backstroke event on August 21 after failing to win in the women’s 200m butterfly event earlier in the day.

Vietnam earned four more gold medals on the third day of the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia to climb to the third place with a total of eight gold, five silver and nine bronze medals after leaders Malaysia and Singapore.

Hosts Malaysia won 23 gold, 19 silver and 15 bronze medals while Singapore ranked second with 12 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals. Indonesia came fourth and Thailand took the fifth place.

Vien, who was nicknamed “the iron girl” by regional media, had no rivals in the women’s 100m backstroke competition, as she clocked at the SEA Game record of 1’01”89. The silver went to Nurul Fajar Fitriyati of Indonesia with 1’04”10 and the bronze belonged to Phiangkhwan Pawapotako of Thailand with 1’04”59.

Earlier in the day, Vien failed to win medal in the women’s 200m freestyle event as she finished fourth in 2’16”61. However, her teammate Le Thi My Thao surprisingly bagged the silver with 2’14”52, behind Jing Wen Quah of Singapore, who took the gold with 2’12”03.

Swimmer Paul Le Nguyen took home the bronze when he clocked at 25”82 in the men’s 50m backstroke, I Gede Siman Sudartawa of Indonesia clinched gold with 25”20 and Zheng Wen Quah of Singapore netted the silver with 25”39.   

Duong Thuy Vi also won her second gold in the Games in yesterday’s competition as she came first with 9.67 points in the women’s Quiangshu event, while silver medalist Eyin Phoon of Malaysia finished in 9.66 points. The Hanoi-born athlete, the 2013 world champion and 2014 Asian Games gold medalist, bagged the nation’s first gold on Sunday in the women’s Jianshu event.

Wushu artist Tran Quoc Khanh just brought home the silver after scoring 9.66 points in both the men’s Nandao and Nangun events, behind the Myanmar gold medalist, who scored 9.67 points. 

Fencer Vu Thanh An brought home the gold in the men’s sabre event after beating his opponents Srinualnad from Thailand 15-6 in the final.

The 25-year-old fencer won two gold medals at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore two years ago, before being crowned champion at the 2015 Asian U23 Fencing Championship and securing a bronze at the Asian Fencing Championship last year.

Earlier, Vietnamese cyclist Nguyen Thi Thap clinched another gold for her team in the women’s criterium category. She crossed the finish line with a time of 1:12’12”, bringing home the gold medal.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese gymnastics athletes have obtained a gold medal for the men’s team’s event with 319,050 on Sunday, while their peers from Malaysia scored 305,550 points and third-placed Thailand took 293,200 points.

In the men’s football event, the Vietnam U-22 squad crushed the Philippines 4-0 in their third straight Games win on Sunday, securing the leader of Group B with nine points in hand.

The Vietnamese side dominated the game from the beginning and in the 38th minute, striker Nguyen Cong Phuong broke the deadlock with his fourth goal in the tournament.

Vu Van Thanh made it 2-0 in the stoppage time, Nguyen Van Toan netted a goal just five minutes into the second half before Ho Tuan Tai finalized the game at 4-0 in the 76th minute.

In the other Group B games on Sunday, Thailand defeated Cambodia 3-0, while Indonesia beat Timor Leste 1-0.

Vietnam are now confident ahead of their most important games with Indonesia and Thailand in the group stage. Thailand and Indonesia both have seven points from three games. Vietnam will take an early ticket to semifinal if they beat Indonesia at 7:45 p.m. today.

Medals Standings

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Malaysia 23 19 15 57
2. Singapore 12 12 11 35
3. Vietnam 8 5 9 22
4. Indonesia 7 10 13 30
5. Thailand 6 7 10 23
6. Philippines 3 6 6 15
7. Myanmar 3 2 1 6
8. Laos 0 1 1 2
9. Brunei 0 0 4 4
10. Cambodia 0 0 3 3
11. Timor Teste 0 0 0 0

 

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