August, 01 2012 09:38:18

Gymnastic hopes alive as badminton star falls

HA NOI — Viet Nam's top badminton player, Nguyen Tien Minh, yesterday failed to top the other two competitors in Group D in the men's singles to progress to the next round in the Olympics in London.

Minh lost 9-21, 14-21 to Parupalli Kashyap from India in the second match.

Although ranked higher than his rival in world standings, Minh couldn't control the first set and was quickly beaten 9-21 in 16 minutes. In the second set, Kashyap always took the lead.

Along with his earlier win over Tan Yuhan from Belgium, Kashyap topped the group to earn the only ticket to the next round.

On Monday, Viet Nam's great hope for an Olympic medal in gymnastics faded as its three hopefuls failed to qualify.

However, vaulter Phan Thi Ha Thanh still has a chance, thanks to the exclusion of one of the Canadian reservists from the finals.

Thanh was 12th in the rankings and should have automatically been out of the Games. (According to the rules, the eight top athletes progress to the finals and three following athletes are put in the reserve list.)

However, as the rules only allow two competitors from each country in the finals, one of the three Canadians, Kristina Vaculik, who came 11th, lost her position.

Thanh was then asked to take her place. The vault final will take place on Sunday.

Thanh ranked 71th out of 82 competitors in the women's floor exercise. She received a total of 12,466 points – 4,900 for difficulty and 7,566 for execution.

In the women's beam, Do Thi Ngan Thuong finished 70th out of 83 athletes. She only earned 11,966 points.

In the women's uneven bars, Thuong came 73rd out of 79 athletes. Her total points were 11,466.

Earlier, Pham Phuoc Hung came 19th among 71 athletes in the men's parallel bars. He received a total of 15,133 points.

His result in men's rings was no better when Hung finished 40th out of 68 athletes. He scored 14,433 points. — VNS

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