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Vietnam remains second with 53 golds
Vu Duc
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Vietnam remains second with 53 golds

Vu Duc

Vietnam's taekwondo athlete Ha Thi Nguyen celebrates winning gold in the women’s 62kg category at 29th SEA Games in Malaysia on August 28 - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC – Vietnam’s athletes continued their great efforts in Malaysia as the martial arts athletes captured two more gold medals on day eight of the 29th SEA Games, which will wrap up on Wednesday. 

Vietnam have now collected 53 gold, 38 silver and 47 bronze medals, thus maintaining second place in the tournament. Hosts Malaysia are top with 96 golds, 63 silvers and 62 bronzes and third-placed Thailand are on 50 golds, 71 silvers, and 68 bronzes.

The on August 27 competition closed with Vietnam taking two golds, four silvers and seven bronzes.

Ha Thi Nguyen bought home a gold medal for the taekwondo team as she beat Shaleha Fitriana Yusuf from Indonesia 21-10 in the final game in the women’s 62kg category.

Tran Thi Nhu Y had no rivals in the judo event as she knocked out Aye Aye from Myanmar in the final of the women's 78kg category.

In the track-and-field event, Vietnamese athletes have showed excellent performance at the Games after taking home three golds on Saturday. The medalists are Nguyen Thi Oanh, Hoang Thi Ngoc, Quach Thi Lan and Nguyen Thi Huyen in the women's 4x400m relay event, Nguyen Van in the men’s 5,000m event and Tran Thi Yen Hoa in the women’s 100m hurdles event.

It was a really successful Games for Vietnamese track-and-field team, though, as the athletes dominated in the 2017 Games, collecting 17 golds, surpassing their initial target of 12 golds. The team first ever snatched the No.1 position from the regional powerhouse Thailand, who just netted nine golds, in the biggest regional sporting event.

Vietnamese track-and-field athletes clinched 11 golds at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore two years ago, behind leaders Thailand with 17 golds. 

Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien ended her SEA Games campaign with a perfect performance when she collected eight golds, one silver and one bronze, and had broken three SEA Games records. However, the superstar swimmer failed to meet her bid to win a record 10 gold medals in the Games.

In Saturday’s competition, the 20-year-old girl took her eighth gold in the women's 200m freestyle event after clocking at 1’59”24, and she also set a new Games record for this event. Pawapotako Phiangkhwan from Thailand finished second with a timing of 2’01”34 and bronze medalist Jasmine Alkhaldi from the Philippines clocked at 2’02’’02.

However, Vien failed to win any medal in the women's 50m freestyle event as she came sixth with a timing of 26”15 earlier in the day. Gold medalist Xiang Qi Amanda Lim of Singapore also set a new Games record with 25”41.

Her teammate, young swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang, clocked 15’20”10 at the men’s 1,500m freestyle event, outplaying the record by more than 10 seconds which was set by his teammate Lam Quang Nhat at the previous Games. Nhat also broke his own record with 15’23”94, taking home the silver on the same event.

The Vietnamese swimming team finished the Games with 10 golds, two silvers and four bronzes, failing to meet their initial target of 12 golds.

Mai Duc Chung named caretaker coach of U-22 football squad

Mai Duc Chung has just been named caretaker head coach of Vietnam U-22 squad, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) announced on August 27. As part of his role, Chung is mandated to lead the team for the qualifying round of the Asian Cup 2019 against Cambodia on September 5.

Chung replaced the head coach Nguyen Huu Thang, who announced his resignation as head coach right after his U-22 men team’s defeat at the ongoing SEA Games 2017.

The Vietnamese side were defeated 3-0 by archrivals Thailand in the final game of the group stage. The former national team captain announced his decision at a post-match conference following a result that saw his “young golden stars” eliminated from the Games men’s football event.

Meanwhile, Chung’s women football team secured the gold after crushing underdogs Malaysia 6-0 in the final game of the round-robin tournament of the SEA Games.

The women team showed their excellent performance in the tournament when they earned three victories over Timor Leste, Malaysia and Myanmar and tied archrivals Thailand.

VFF also had shortlisted two candidates for the head coach position including Jurgen Gede, who was appointed as U-22 football squad technical director by VFF last year, and Hoang Anh Tuan, who led Vietnam U-20 to qualify for the U-20 FIFA world cup in Korea last year. 

Medals Standings

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Malaysia 96 63 62 221
2. Vietnam 53 38 47 138
3. Thailand 50 71 68 189
4. Singapore 48 41 57 146
5. Indonesia 31 48 58 137
6. Philippines 22 28 55 105
7. Myanmar 7 9 17 33
8. Laos 3 3 12 18
9. Cambodia 1 0 10 11
10. Brunei 0 4 7 11
11. Timor Leste 0 0 0 0





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