|Golden touch: Star swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc dominated the 100m freestyle event, winning gold at the national swimming championships held in Ha Noi. VNS Photo Tien Thanh
HA NOI (VNS) – Star swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc stole the limelight on the first day of the national swimming championship, notching two gold medals at the National Aquatics Centre in Ha Noi.
Phuoc, a two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medallist, showed his dominance of short-distance races, nabbing his first gold medal in the freestyle category. The 20-year-old maintained an early lead, powering his way to a 50.88 seconds finish in the men's100m freestyle event.
However, it was star athlete's performance in the men's 4x200m replay event that brought the crowd to a rapturous standing ovation.
Phuoc was the fourth swimmer in the relay team, by which time they had fallen behind HCM City by full two-body lengths. However, the star wowed the audience, catching up in the first 50m and quickly streaking ahead of the competition to come in first.
"I am happy with the results today. My goal in the tournament was to break my own records," said the Da Nang-based swimmer.
The swimmer also said he was keen to defend the two gold medals he won at the SEA Games in Indonesia two years ago.
Swimming ace Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen also wowed the crowd, winning two gold medals for HCM City, with Tran Huy Khoi picking up another gold medal for the team in the men's 200m backstroke.
Veteran Nguyen Huu Viet notched a gold medal win for Hai Phong while Quang Binh had its first gold medal with Ngo Thi Duyen dominating the women's 50m breaststroke.
Duong Thi Thom sealed gold medal hopes for Quang Ninh, claiming the women's 200m backstroke event.
Two new records were set on the last day of the National Fin-swimming Championships that ended on Wednesday in Ha Noi.
Tran Bao Thu of Tay Ninh Province won a gold medal in the men's 400m surface (diving with a snorkel) with a time of 3min 07.59sec. This beat his own old record of 3:08.82 made two years ago.
The second record went to Nguyen Ngoc Quang Bao of HCM City who won the men's 200m monofin event.
Bao finished first, clocking 1:41.95, 0.10sec better than the old record he set last year.
Da Nang claimed three more golds to make it the strongest team at the tournament. The team topped the ranking table with nine golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
HCM City were second with six gold, nine silver and two bronze medals. Thanh Hoa stole host Ha Noi's third place in the last seconds with five golds, two silvers and two bronzes. — VNS