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Vietnam leapfrogs Singapore with 25 golds
Vu Duc
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Vietnam leapfrogs Singapore with 25 golds

Vu Duc

Dinh Phuong Thanh of Vietnam competes on the bars during the men’s parallel bars event fi nal in Malaysia on August 24 - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC - Vietnam has now clinched 25 gold medals in the ongoing 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), snatching second place from Singapore. Unpredicted still, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, who broke eight Games records in the swimming event in last Games in Singapore, failed to win any gold on August 24.

The Vietnamese delegation also earned 18 silvers and 20 bronzes. Hosts Malaysia ranks first with 45 golds, 35 silvers and 25 bronzes, while Singapore is third with 23 golds, 21silvers and 20 bronzes.

The August 23 competition closed with Vietnam taking a total of nine gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

The “iron girl”, as Vien is dubbed, showed her poor performance in the regional biggest sporting competition when she just came second in the women's 100m freestyle in the fourth day of the competition as she clocked 55”76. The gold belonged to Ting Wen Quah of Singapore with a score of 55”74 and the bronze went to Jasmine Alkhaldi of the Philippines with 55”90.

The “iron girl” just came fifth in the women’s 50m butterfly event with 28’30, leaving the gold to Ting Wen Quah from Singapore, who clocked 26’83. So far, the 20-year-old just brought home three gold medals with two SEA Games records.

Meanwhile, her teammate Hoang Quy Phuoc just brought home the silver in the men’s 200m freestyle event after clocking 1’48”07. The gold went to Welson Wee Sheng Sim from Malaysia, who set new Games record with 1’47”79, and the bronze belonged to Kai Quan Teo from Singapore with 1’48”98.

Gymnast Le Thanh Tung, who is also a Games defending champion, opened the golden day for the Vietnamese sporting delegation as he scored 14,500 points in the men’s vault event.

Later, Tung produced an extraordinary performance in the men’s horizon bar event after taking his third gold in the Games after collecting 13,350 points. Earlier, Tung joined his teammates to claim the men’s team title. 

Dinh Phuong Thanh also clinched another gold for his gymnastics team in the men’s parallel bars event with 14,900 points. Thanh also grasped the silver in the men’s horizon bar event with 13,050 points, just behind gold medalist Le Thanh Tung.

So far, the Vietnamese gymnastics team surpassed their target with five gold medals, or one over their initial target of four. 

In the cycling event, Nguyen Thi That secured her second gold in the Games as she finished first in the women’s 104k individual mass start category. On Monday, she had claimed first gold in the women’s criterium category.

Shooter Ha Minh Thanh grabbed the gold in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol record and set a Games record. Shooters of Malaysia and Thailand took the silver and the bronze respectively. This was the first gold for the Vietnamese shooting team.

Both Nguyen Tien Nhat and Vu Thi Men contributed one gold medal each for the Vietnamese team as Nhat won the gold in the men’s fencing event and Men brought home the gold in the women’s triple jump final with a distance of 14.15 meters.

The Vietnamese karate team made a big surprise as they bagged two gold medals on August 23. Ho Thi Thu Hien won the women’s under 68kg kumite category after beating Knokwan of Thailand 3-0 in the final, while Nguyen Minh Phung brought home the gold in the men’s 75kg kumite category as he knocked out Theerapat of Thailand 8-0 in the final.

Medals Standings

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Malaysia 45 35 25 105
2. Vietnam 25 18 20 63
3. Singapore 23 21 20 64
4. Thailand 16 22 30 68
5. Indonesia 13 17 28 58
6. Philippines 8 12 16 36
7. Myanmar 4 4 5 13
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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