|Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Mai of Việt Nam (second, left) poses with her gold and other fighters in the women's 55kg class. Photo toquoc.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam shone in the Southeast Asian Kun Bokator Championship, bringing home three gold medals from the competition's finale on April 3 in Cambodia.
The three golds were awarded to Nguyễn Thị Hoài Nhi in the women's 45kg, Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Mai in the women's 55kg, and Ngô Đức Mạnh in the men's 70kg class.
Việt Nam also claimed three silvers and three bronzes, securing second place in the medal tally. Cambodia, the birthplace of bokator, finished first.
The regional championship was held on the cusp of next month's SEA Games, and Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Myanmar also participated in the six-day tournament.
Bokator will debut at the 32nd SEA Games, featuring 16 categories of both sparring and performance for individuals and teams.
Fighters from Việt Nam and four other countries will compete for gold in five weight pools for men and four for women.
Việt Nam sent a team of 15 competitors to the regional meet with the goal of advancing to all final matches.
Their performance in the Kun Bokator Championship suggests they are up for the challenge. VNS