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Minh triumphs in first test; weightlifter edged in final

Update: July, 31/2012 - 09:17

 

Confident: Viet Nam's Nguyen Tien Minh will compete against Indian Parupalli Kashyap for a berth in the next round of the men's badminton singles event. — VNS Photo Quang Thang
HA NOI — Viet Nam's top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh won his first match of Group D in the men's singles event at the Olympics on Sunday.

He came from behind to defeat Tan Yuhan from Belgium 17-21, 21-14, 21-10.

Minh started the match with confidence, and quickly took a 12-9 lead, but he failed to capitalise on it, giving Yuhan the chance to take the first set.

Minh came out fighting in the second set, and battled for every point. His hard work paid off as he took the second set, and he went on to wrap up the match with ease.

He will next meet Parupalli Kashyap from India today. If Minh beats his Indian rival, he will progress to the next round.

Viet Nam's great weightlifting hope Tran Le Quoc Toan just missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the men's 56kg category on Sunday.

Om Yun-chol of North Korea was the surprise winner, followed by China's Wu Jingbiao and Azerbaijan's Valentin Hristov.

Om was included in Group B for lifters with low registered weights and competed before the medal favourites in Group A. He hoisted 125kg in the snatch and 168kg in the clean and jerk for a combined weight of 293kg, 1kg more than the winning total in Beijing four years ago.

In the snatch, Wu and Hristov successfully lifted 133kg and 127kg respectively, while Toan could only manage 125kg.

Toan and Hristov provided a nailbiting spectacle in the battle for bronze in the clean and jerk discipline. With his rival on a combined weight of 281kg after his second turn, Toan lifted 159kg to reach a combined 284kg and temporarily moved into the bronze medal position. Hristov loaded the bar with 159kg for his third and final weight and succeeded on the third attempt to move to 286kg. Knowing that a lift of 162kg would be enough to get him onto the medals rostrum, Toan took to the stage, but agonisingly for him, he was unable to do so.

In Beijing four years ago, Hoang Anh Tuan won a silver medal with a combined weight of 280kg (130kg snatch, 160kg clean and jerk). — VNS

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