Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese students pocketed four gold medals on the third day of competition at the ongoing ASEAN School Games (ASG) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The winners competed in gymnastics, athletics and table tennis events.
Việt Nam’s Nguyễn Phước Hải and Nguyễn Văn Đạt won the boy’s horizontal bar event. Their performance brought them both 12.65 points from the jury who decided to award gold medal to both. The bronze went to Somphop Suandokmai of Thailand on 12.50 points.
Việt Nam’s gymnasts also took medals, with Trịnh Hải Khang coming second in the boy’s vault while Đỗ Thị Ngọc Hương took silver in the girl’s floor exercise. Earlier, Trương Khánh Vân grabbed two bronzes in the girl’s floor exercise and balance beam. Hải bagged his third medal of the day, a bronze, in the boy’s parallel bar.
Yesterday was the last day of gymnastics with Vietnamese athletes winning four gold, five silver and five bronze medals. They placed third in gymnastics, behind Thailand and Singapore.
In athletics, Phạm Thị Thúy Hạnh triumphed in the girl’s 800m event, winning in 2min 13.94sec. Thai runner Apinya Athiwet finished second, followed by Vietnamese Hoàng Thị Trang.
Trần Thị Loan added a second gold for the track-and-field team in the girl’s long jump with a jump of 5.51m.
Tia Louise Rozario of Singapore took silver with a jump of 5.41m and Malaysian Ng Yu Jie placed third on 4.85m.
The runners also grabbed two silvers in the boy’s 5,000m by Lê Trung Đức and boy’s 800m by Nguyễn Đức Hùng.
Việt Nam’s fourth gold yesterday came in the boy’s doubles table tennis event. Nguyễn Văn Huân and Nguyễn Anh Đức defeated Thai duo Varote Shotelersuk and Sama Boonyawadee 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the final match.
In the girl’s doubles, Vũ Thị Thu Hà and Phạm Dạ Thảo lost 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-13 to Linda Zeng Ziyue and Koh Jing Wen Monica of Singpore to take silver.
Yesterday was also the last day of swimming which saw a silver and a bronze going to Vietnamese athletes.
Vũ Thị Phương Anh came second in the girl’s 200m breaststroke and Trần Ngọc Thi was third in the girl’s 50m butterfly.
The Vietnamese team has so far pocketed 10 gold medals to rank third in the medal table. Thailand place first with 27 golds, followed by Indonesia with 15.
Việt Nam brought 64 athletes to the eighth ASG, competing in track-and-field, gymnastics, swimming and table tennis.
ASG is a festival of sports programmes and activities for school children from the ASEAN countries. The first Games under the new format was held by Thailand in 2009.
It is an annual event with member countries taking turns to host.
At the last edition in Brunei, Indonesia topped the rankings, followed by Malaysia and Thailand. — VNS