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Vien wins gold at US swimming championships

Update: March, 27/2015 - 17:21
Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won the women's 200m medley gold medal at the 2015 United States National Swimming Championships yesterday. — Photo phunuonline.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's top female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won a gold medal in the women's 200m medley at the 2015 United States National Swimming Championships yesterday.

She beat 190 competitors to take the lead with a time of 2:16.06.

In the women's 100m backstroke, the 18-year-old swimmer also won a silver medal with a time of 1:04.07.

The Viet Nam Aquatic Sports Association said reigning Youth Olympics champion Vien has been named among those who would be awarded scholarships for receiving training support from the United States Swimming Federation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Earlier, Military team's Vien qualified to compete in the women's 400m medley and 200m backstroke events at Rio.

Born in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, Vien is now working with Anthony Teeters who guided Ryan Lochte to achieve success, in Episcopal club in the United States. She also spent two years training in Saint Augustine Club in Florida.

Vietnamese coach Dang Anh Tuan said Vien was among the world's top 20 female 400m medley swimmers and was playing for an American club, two conditions that helped her qualify to receive support from the United States Swimming Federation.

At last year's event, Vien won three gold medals in the women's 200m medley, 400m medley and 200m backstroke events.

Also last year, Vien won two Asian Games bronze medals that were Viet Nam's first ever at the Games.

She also set seven records at the ASEAN Swimming Championships, and dominated the national tournament with 18 titles and 14 records.

Vien has been voted the best athlete of the year for the second time in a row. — VNS

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