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Vietnamese win two golds in vault

Update: November, 26/2012 - 10:21


Good form: Phan Thi Ha Thanh takes home the women's vault title at the Ostrava Word Cup on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Khanh
HA NOI (VNS)— Vietnamese gymnasts won two gold medals and one silver at the 2012 Ostrava World Cup - also known as the Ostrava Grand Prix - which wrapped up on Saturday in the Czech Republic.

Viet Nam's top female gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh took home the women's vault title with 13.963 points, outscoring the runners up Barbara Achondo Andino and Makarena Pinto Adasme, both from Chile.

Hai Phong native Thanh won gold in the same event at the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Fujian, China, earlier this month after defeating two strong rivals from North Korea by a large margin - the first gold medal from that tournament ever to be won by a Vietnamese gymnast. Thanh represented the country this summer at the 2012 London Olympics.

Meanwhile, male gymnast Nguyen Ha Thanh followed his own China success - where he won silver and bronze - by securing one gold and one silver in his favourite events this weekend. He finished ahead of Poland's Marek Lyszczarz and Austrian Michael Fussenegger in the men's vault, but just missed out to Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev in the parallel bars.

In the women's other events, Kristyna Palesova, representing the hosts, won both the uneven bars and balance beam titles. Barbara Achondo Andino also picked up a gold medal for her floor exercise performance, finishing ahead of Austrian Lisa Ecker and Ukrainian Krystyna Sankova.

In the men's other events, Japan's Ryuzo Sejima won the floor exercise ahead of Brazilian Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti and Greek star Eleftherios Kosmidis. Andrey Likhovitskiy of Belarus took the pommel horse honours and Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece won the still rings title. — VNS

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