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May, 07 2011 08:20:40

Minh sails through semi-finals

Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh did not have to go through the whole match to reach the semi-finals after Indonesia's unseeded Kuncoro Sony Dwi retired yesterday at the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.

World No 8 and the third-seeded Minh led was 1-0 in the lead after beating Kuncoro 21-18 in the first set. When Minh was leading 5-1 in the second set, Kuncoro retired, giving Minh the win just after 23 minutes.

Minh, 28, will face Chinese seven-seeded Bao Chunlai, who needed three sets to beat Lee Hyun-il of South Korea in the quarter-finals 21-18, 13-21, 21-9.

Minh has never defeated Bao, who currently ranks 11 in the world, in all three previous encounters at Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2008, Aviva Singapore Super Series 2009 and Yonex Open Japan Super Series 2009.

Ha Noi triumph at pencak silat comp

Ha Noi triumphed at the National Clubs Cup Pencak Silat Tournament which ended on Thursday in the northern province of Hai Duong.

The team brought home 12 golds, one silver and two bronze medals. Hosts Hai Duong came second with three golds, four silvers and one bronze medal. Hung Yen finished third with two golds and two silver medals.

The five-day event attracted 270 martial artists from 34 clubs nationwide who competed in tanding (combat) and seni (performance) disciplines.

This year's tournament was particularly competitive, as the country strives to raise the profile of the sport regionally and worldwide.

The best performers at the event will respresent their country at the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia this November.

Last year, Ha Noi also won the competition, which was hosted in HCM City, taking home eight golds and one bronze medal. Hai Duong finished second with two golds and three silvers and Thanh Hoa with two golds and two bronzes.

HCM take lead at swimming event

HCM City took the lead at the National Age Groups Swimming and Diving Championship at the end of the first day of competition in central Da Nang City on Thursday.

HCM City have so far won 39 medals – 17 golds, 14 silvers and eight bronzes. Quang Binh are in second place with eight medals and Da Nang third with seven.

The annual championship, sponsored by VietinBank, has attracted nearly 300 junior athletes from 23 cities and provinces competing in three age groups – under-12, 13-14 and 15-17 for 156 sets of medals in both individual and team events.

Sacombank renew sponsor deal

A one-year sponsorship deal worth VND1.5 billion (US$68,000) has been signed between Sai Gon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint-Stock Bank (Sacombank) and the Border Guard volleyball team.

The team has qualified for the second leg of the national volleyball championship after finishing runners-up in the men's group A division last month. — VNS

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