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Xuan smashes javelin record

Update: September, 25/2013 - 08:21

Soldier Bui Thi Xuan from the military made a 50.48m throw in the women's javelin event, setting a new national record and earning a gold medal.— Photo tuoitre

HA NOI (VNS) —The National Athletics Championships saw only one new record on the second day on Monday at HCM City's Thong Nhat Stadium.

Soldier Bui Thi Xuan from the military made a 50.48m throw in the women's javelin event, setting a new national record and earning a gold medal.

The old record of 48.8m was also made by Xuan at last year's HCM City International Athletics Tournament.

In the women's 800m track, the absence of the Asian champion Truong Thanh Hang because of injury gave other young athletes greater opportunity. Do Thi Thao of Ha Noi continued to prove her ability to win with a time of 2min 08.76sec, pocketing her second gold following her first one in the 4x800m relay on Sunday.

In the men's 800m, SEA Games winner Duong Van Thai left his rivals far behind to take the title, clocking 1:50.75.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tham of An Giang, replacing her teammate sprint queen Vu Thi Huong, won the women's 100m with 11.96sec. Huong decided to withdraw from her competitive strong point due to not having recovered from injury.

Nguyen Van Huynh from the military took the men's 100m gold medal in a time of 10.65sec.

Olympian Duong Thi Viet Anh of Bac Lieu made a disappointing performance finishing only second in the women's high jump event.

Anh who met no difficulty flying over 1.85m in height at the Mekong Delta's Sport Games earlier this month could only achieve the same after her third attempt at Thong Nhat Stadium.

Meanwhile, key rival Pham Thi Diem from Ben Tre Province, favoured to be the gold medallist, jumped over 1,85m in her first try.

The four-day tournament which attracted more than 500 athletes from 48 cities and provinces will finish today. — VNS

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