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Anh Vien breaks SEA Games record again as VN nets eight more golds
Vu Duc
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Anh Vien breaks SEA Games record again as VN nets eight more golds

Vu Duc

Dang Nam of Vietnam (R) and his teammate Pham Phuoc Hung hold their medals in men’s gymnastics events victory ceremony in Malaysia on Tuesday - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC - Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has broken her own Southeast Asian Games record for the second time in just two days to make a perfect start on the path to her record ten gold medals achieved in the previous tournament.

Vien outperformed her competitors at the 29th SEA Games with one record and one gold medal yesterday to help Vietnam consolidate its third place in the overall ranking of the regional competition.

Vietnam grabbed eight more gold medals on the fourth day of the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia to remain in the third place with a total of 16 gold, 11 silver and 15 bronze medals.

Leaders Malaysia won 34 golds, 27 silvers and 18 bronzes while Singapore ranked second with 19 golds, 18 silvers and 17 bronzes. Indonesia came fourth and Thailand was fifth.

In the women’s 200m backstroke competition, Vien had no rivals as she clocked at the SEA Game record of 2’13”64. The silver went to Yessi Venesia Yosaputra of Malaysia with 2’18”19 and the bronze to Roxanne Ashley Yu of Philippines with 2’19”98.

The “iron girl” also continuously showed her excellent performance in the women’s 400m freestyle event later when she finished first with 4’10”96 while Ammiga Himathongkom of Thailand came second with 4’15”54, ahead of her compatriot Natthanan Junkrajang with 4’16”87.

Earlier, Vien had broken the SEA Game record in the women’s 100m backstroke event on Monday. So far, the 20-year-old has bagged three gold medals and broke two SEA Games records in two days.

The Vietnamese track-and-field team began their Games campaign with a gold from Nguyen Thi Huyen in the women’s 400m hurdles event. Huyen also broke her Games record in the event after finishing at 56’07. Quach Cong Lich just netted the silver in the men’s 400m hurdles event with 50’05, behind Eric Shauwin Cray of the Philippines who clocked 50’03 in a camera finish.

Sprinter Le Tu Chinh triumphed in the women’s 100m event as she clocked 11’54, bringing the second gold for the track-and-field team in the first day competition.     

Gymnast Dang Nam won another gold medal for the Vietnamese sporting delegation after scoring 14,300 points in the men’s ring event. Later, Nam’s teammate Nguyen Phuoc Hung also took home the silver in the men’s pommel horse event with 13,550 points.

Vietnamese gymnastics team aim four golds and they are yet to compete in their strengths – high bar and parallel par events.   

Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa defeated her Philippine opponents 15-10 in the final to win the gold in the women’s fencing event while Nguyen Thi Thi also took home the gold in the women’s petanque event and her teammate Son Khop just brought home the bronze in the men’s event.

Nguyen Thi Hong Anh, who earned silver at Asian karate tournament last month, showed her excellent performance to take gold in the women’s 68kg category.

In the shooting game, Olympic gold medalist Hoang Xuan Vinh showed poor performance in the Games after finishing bottom of the men’s 50m pistol event yesterday. The gold went to Lim Swee Ho of Singapore, the silver belonged to Jonathan Wo of Malaysia and the bronze went to Nathphanlert of Thailand.

The same day, four cyclists – Huynh Thanh Tung, Mai Nguyen Hung, Nguyen Truong Tai and Trinh Duc Tam – just brought home the bronze in the men’s team 50km time trial event.

Wushu artist Pham Quoc Khanh secured his second silver medal in the Games in the men’s Nanquan event yesterday. On Monday, Khanh bagged silver in the men’s Nandao and Nangun event.

Khanh came second with 9.66 points, behind gold medalist Mun Hua of Malaysia 9.67 points while Brunei’s Sufi Shayiran Roslan finished third with 9.65 points.

Pham Thuy Linh also netted silver as she came second in the women’s Nandao and Nangun event with 9.62 points.

In football, the Vietnam women squad were held 1-1 by archrivals Thailand in their third game yesterday while Myanmar ended their women’s football campaign with a 6-0 win over the Philippines.

The Vietnamese side dominated the game from the beginning and midfielder Pham Hai Yen opened in the 11th minute with an unstoppable kick. However, Rattikan Thongsombut helped Thailand equalize just four minutes from the second half, keeping their hopes for gold alive.

Vietnam take on Malaysia on the final matchday at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday while Thailand meet the Philippines at 3:00 p.m. the same day to decide the gold medal.

The game between Vietnam U-22 squad and Indonesian side ended 0-0 later in the day, consolidating its position on top of Group B with 10 points from four games. Both Vietnam and Thailand, who beat the Philippines 2-0 in earlier game, have the same points but the defending champions Thailand came second due to goal difference. Indonesia ranked third with eight points.

Vietnam will take on Thailand in the final group stages at 3:00 on Thursday and Indonesia will meet Cambodia in the same time to decide the group leaders.

Medals standings

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Malaysia 34 27 18 79
2. Singapore 19 18 17 54
3. Vietnam 16 11 15 42
4. Indonesia 10 12 20 42
5. Thailand 9 14 20 43
6. Philippines 7 8 9 24
7. Myanmar 4 4 3 11
8. Brunei 0 1 5 6
9. Laos 0 1 1 2
10. Cambodia 0 0 5 5
11. Timor Leste 0 0 0 0


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