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Vietnam bags more golds than expected
By Vu Duc
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Vietnam bags more golds than expected

By Vu Duc

Runner Dinh Thi Bich finishes first in the women’s 800 meter event at SEA Games in the Philippines today, December 9 - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Vietnamese athletes staged amazing performances on the ninth day of the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines today as they secured 14 more golds, taking to 80 the number of gold medals, compared to the minimum target of 65. 

Vietnam also bagged 78 silvers and 91 bronzes, thus maintaining the third place in the medal tally of the Games. The Philippines continued staying top with 135 golds, 101 silvers and 105 bronzes and Thailand came in second with 80 golds, 90 silvers, and 101 bronzes.

Tran Ngoc Thuy Vi brought home the first gold for the Vietnamese aerobic team today, December 9. Vi performed excellently in the women’s individual event, getting 21,200 points. Chawisa Intakul of Thailand got the silver with 20,325 points and Charmaine Dolar of the Philippines received the bronze with 18,799 points.

The aerobic athletes took home their second gold in the team’s mixed pair event. Bui Minh Phuong and Phan The Hien earned 20,900 points, the same points with second-placed Thai team and third-positioned Indonesian team gained 19,350 points.

Nguyen Viet Anh, Nguyen Che Thanh and Vuong Hoai An clinched the gold in the men’s mixed trio event with 22,050 points, the silver went to the Indonesian team with 20,575 points and the bronze went to the Thai team with 20,222 points.

Vietnamese wrestling athletes were dominant as they won five golds in the men’s and women’s team events. The first gold went to Nguyen Dinh Hieu in the men’s 87kg category, and Nguyen Ba Son won the second gold in the men’s 56kg category.

Nguyen Thi Xuan defeated Pingot Jiah of the Philippines 5-2 in the women’s 50kg final, taking the third gold. Nguyen Dinh Huy got the fourth gold in the men’s 55kg category and Bui Tien Hai grasped the fifth gold in the men’s 60kg category.

In track and field, runner Dinh Thi Bich clinched the gold when she clocked two minutes and 7.16 seconds in the women’s 800m event while teammate Khuat Phuong Anh finished second in two minutes and 8.24 seconds to take the silver.

Duong Van Thai also dominated in the medium race as he finished first in one minute and 49.91 seconds in the men’s 800m event. 

Nguyen Van Lai just took home the silver in the men’s 5,000m event and Vo Xuan Vinh also gained the silver in the men’s 20km walk race. Later, Tran Thi Yen Hoa failed to defend her gold at SEA Games in the women’s 100m hurdles event, just getting the silver

Nguyen Thi Tam took home the gold for boxing team after beating Irish Magno from the Philippines 4-1 in the women’s fly 51kg category. Tran Thi Anh Tuyet earned the gold after defeating an Indonesian opponent 26-8 in the women’s 53kg category of the taekwondo event. 

Nguyen Thi Hang Nga bagged the gold in the women’s under-48kg category of the kickboxing event while Pham Ba Hoi also clinched the gold in the men’s 54kg category.

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien failed to take her seventh gold in the swimming events. Vien just came second in the women’s 800m freestyle event in eight minutes and 48.65 seconds. The gold medalist Ching Hwee Gan of Singapore clocked eight minutes and 41.48 seconds.

On Sunday, the Vietnamese women’s football team defended their SEA Games championship after beating archrivals Thailand 1-0 in the final.

After drawing 1-1 in the group stage competition, the two played carefully at the beginning of the game and relied on counterattacks.

The two teams had to enter the extra time game, Pham Hai Yen scored the only goal with a header from the close range just two minutes in the extra time.

Tomorrow, December 10, the clash between the Vietnam U-22 squad and Indonesia will attract much attention. The Vietnamese will fight for the gold medal with Indonesia at 7:00 p.m. while Cambodia will play Myanmar at 3:00 p.m. for the third place of the men’s football event.

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