Swimmers win medals, set records
HA NOI — Vietnamese swimmers won more medals and set new records at the ongoing sixth ASEAN Para Games in Solo, Indonesia, yesterday.
26-year-old Vo Thanh Tung won a gold medal and set a new record in the men's 50m freestyle with a time of 34.50sec, beating his old record of 37.40sec.
It was Tung's third record at the Games. His first was set in the 50m butterfly last Friday and the second in the 100m freestyle on Sunday.
The An Giang-born swimmer won one gold medal and a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Para Games and was also named the nation's most outstanding disabled athlete in 2010.
Vo Huynh Anh Khoa won two golds and set two records in the men's 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle, with times of 01:02.02sec and 27.66sec, respectively. In the 100m event, Khoa beat his own record of 1:03.41, while in the 50m event he beat Heri of Indonesia's record of 29.80sec.
Dang Van Phong also shone at the Games yesterday with gold and a new record in the men's 50m backstroke with a time of 34.00sec, beating the old record set by Thailand's Sawattarn Sutat of 34.47sec.
Vietnamese track-and-field athletes also excelled yesterday.
Le Duc Hung won gold and set a new record in the men's 400m with a time of 54.39sec, beating his teammate Dao Van Cuong's record of 56.63sec set in Manila in 2005.
Ngo Xuan Doan set a record in the men's high jump, clearing 1.68m and in doing so, beating Malaysian Mohd Fazali Mahmood's record of 1.58m set in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.
Nguyen Thi Hai set a new record in the women's javelin with a throw of 25.28m, breaking her own previous record of 19.58m set in Manila in 2005.
Badminton players contributed two golds, three silvers and one bronze to Viet Nam's medal tally.
Pham Hong Tuan and Tran Minh Nhuan took gold in the men's doubles, while Pham Duc Trung grabbed gold in the men's singles.
In chess, Vietnamese athletes won four bronze medals.
After five days of competition, Viet Nam are in fourth with 43 golds, 42 silvers and 62 bronzes.
Thailand, the four-times winner of the Games, lead the medal tally with 115 golds, 94 silvers and 71 bronzes. Hosts Indonesia are in second with 107 golds, 99 silvers and 83 bronzes. Malaysia are in third with 50 golds, 34 silvers and 42 bronzes.
The biennial event held following every Southeast Asian Games has attracted around 2,000 athletes with mobility and visual disabilities from ASEAN nations. — VNS