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Trang sails into Asian Open final

Update: June, 17/2006 - 00:00

Trang sails into Asian Open final


HA NOI — Boxer Pham Thi Quynh Trang secured a final berth at the Asian Women’s Open Tournament after beating Wong Ka Man from Hong Kong 22-9 in the semi-final on Thursday.

Quynh raises hope for Viet Nam in the 54kg category as the first Vietnamese woman boxer to seal a final berth at the event.

Nguyen Van An also took a final berth in the 48kg class in the Asian Cadet Boxing Championships here on Wednesday.

Vietnamese boxers have bagged seven bronze medals at the tournaments including Nguyen Thi Vui in 54kg, Dinh Thi Phuong Thanh in 60kg, Hoang Thi Van in 66kg and Hoang Diep in 63kg classes for the women’s event.

Meanwhile, Van Quyet, Trung Hai and Thanh Nhan also took out bronze medals in the Asian Cadet Boxing Championships after losing in the semi-finals.

It’s the second year in a row, Viet Nam has hosted the Asian Cadet Boxing Championships and Women’s Open Tournament in the capital.

The tournament, which has drawn 152 boxers from countries and territories from India, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Thailand, China’s Guangxi, Hong Kong and Viet Nam competing in the 13 weight categories of boys age 15-17 and the women’s division, will close tomorrow.

In previous tournaments in Ha Noi, Viet Nam team took only one gold medal when Nguyen Minh Hieu stunned Han Shang-ho from South Korea in the men’s 57kg category and helped Viet Nam rank fourth with one gold and six bronze medals. — VNS

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