|Nguyễn Thị Hương won a canoeing gold medal in women's canoe single, 1000m. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức|
Vietnamese athlete Nguyễn Thị Hương has secured one more gold medal for Việt Nam at the Games after her excellent performance in the women's canoe singles event on May 17.
Surpassing her Thai, Indonesian and Myanmar rivals, Hương completed the race in 5 minutes 0.752 seconds ahead of Indonesia's Riska Andriyani (5:09.23), and Myanmar's Thet Phyo Naing (5:19.60).
Bursting with joy, the Vietnamese athlete hopes her gold will make more people know about the sport and encourage her teammates in their competitions.
As part of the Games, 19 canoeing/kayak events are scheduled for May 17- 21, with contestants coming from eight regional nations.
Also on May 17, Viet Nam came second in the women’s kayak four 1,000m event, with Thailand and Indonesia bagging gold and bronze medals, respectively.
Meanwhile, in the male category, Việt Nam failed qualifications in the canoe double 1,000m and kayak double 1,000m events but temporarily took the lead in the semi-finals of the kayak singles 1,000m and kayak four 1,000m events.
The northern port city of Hải Phòng has completed the upgrade of its Boat Racing Training Area to serve rowing and canoeing competitions at the Games.