Updated  
January, 23 2014 10:12:00

‘Mermaid' voted nation's top athlete

Flying high: Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has been declared the best athlete of 2013 after glittering performances. — Photo phunuonline.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS)  — Teenage swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has been voted Viet Nam's top athlete in 2013.

Vien received 917 votes from sport reporters to top the national Best Athlete and Coach of the year awards that were given yesterday at a ceremony organised by The Thao Viet Nam (Viet Nam Sports) newspaper in Ha Noi and HCM City.

Vien received the votes for her outstanding performances during the year, winning 50 international medals including 26 titles, apart from victories in many local competitions.

In the most recent tournament, the 27th SEA Games that were held last month, the 16-year-old pocketed three gold, two silver and one bronze medals and set two new event records.

She made history as the first ever Vietnamese swimmer to win at the SEA Games since its debut in 1959.

Earlier the ‘little mermaid' had won one title at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and three others at the second Asian Youth Games.

Vien has received funding of US$200,000 to train in the US before competing at the 17th Asian Games later this year in South Korea where she is expected to win gold.

International Grandmaster Le Quang Liem came in second in the sportsperson of the year contest with 662 points.

Liem won the world and Asian blitz chess championships. The HCM City-born athlete bagged a gold and a bronze at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and two titles at the SEA Games. He was quarter-finalist at the World Chess Championships, Viet Nam's best result in the tournament so far. He also defended his title at the international HDBank competition, the Viet Nam Open.

Masksman Hoang Xuan Vinh came in third in the national contest with 597 points. In 2013, Vinh ranked fifth in the world. took home a World Cup and was fifth-placed athlete at the International Sport Shooting Federation's World Cup Final.

Dang Anh Tuan, who coaches the women's swimming team, was selected Coach of the Year, followed by Nguyen Thi Nhung (shooting) and Nguyen Binh Minh (track and field).

The top three best athletes with disabilities were Cao Ngoc Hung (track and field), Le Van Cong (powerlifting) and Nguyen Thi Hai (track and field).

The top coaches for athletes with disabilities were Dong Quoc Cuong (swimming), Dang Van Phuc (track and field) and Le Thuy Nga (badminton). — VNS


Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

PM's India visit to bolster strategic ties 4    PM's India visit to bolster strategic ties

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung begins an official visit to India today, aiming to consolidate the strategic partnership between both countries and take it to new heights.

Law to ease real estate restrictions 1    Law to ease real estate restrictions

Most National Assembly members yesterday agreed that the amended Housing Law should allow more foreigners to be eligible to buy or own houses in Viet Nam.

National team in training ahead of AFC challenge 1    National team in training ahead of AFC challenge

The Japanese coach of Viet Nam's national football team, Toshyia Miura, says that fitness and tactics will be his priorities in a 10-day training camp in the southern province of Binh Duong.

Bear bile tourism shuts down in Ha Long Bear bile tourism shuts down in Ha Long

Bear bile tourism in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Ha Long City has finally been shut down, according to the non-governmental organisation Education for Nature – Viet Nam (ENV).

Artist restores traditional values through paper Artist restores traditional values through paper

Artist Phan Hai Bang, who created a very special type of paper called truc chi, is now working with his team to bring back what he calls "old values" in a really big way.