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Hosts reign at regionals

Update: April, 27/2008 - 00:00

Hosts reign at regionals

(28-04-2008)

Light on his feet: Vietnamese athlete Dinh Cong Son (left) deals a kick to Malaysian Fauzibin Khalid in the men’s under-65kg fight during the Southeast Asian Pencak Silat Championship at HCM City’s Tan Binh District Gymnasium. — VNA/VNS Photo Tu Hai

HA NOI — Vietnamese martial artists grabbed 10 gold medals in the Southeast Asian Pencak Silat Championship at HCM City’s Tan Binh District Gymnasium over the weekend.

Le Thi Phi Nga opened the golden day last Saturday, dominating Dya Rohana Razala from Brunei in the women’s under-50kg class tanding (combat) event before two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion Huynh Thi Thu Hong took on Emraida Asmad from the Philippines in the under-55kg to take gold.

Former SEA Games winner Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy, who beat Malaysian Malini Binti Mohamad in the 60kg category last Thursday, edged 2006 World Champion and 2005 SEA Games silver medalist Saiedah Said from Singapore.

Le Thi Kim Thanh gave Viet Nam another gold with a 4-1 win over Emy Latip from Malaysia in the 65kg final.

On the men’s side, Trinh Hai Vuong and Le Cong Nghiep both secured gold in the under-90kg and 65kg classes, respectively.

After five-years of promoting the sport, HCM City had their own gold medals when Nguyen Minh Khoi and Tran Huynh Thanh Quoc won Saturday’s finals.

World bronze medalist Truong Van Mao beat Malaysian Mohd Neezam in the men’s under-80kg final, while Le Sy Kien dominated Singapore’s Muhammad Razif in the under-85kg.

Two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion Dinh Cong Son defeated Fauzibin Khalid from Malaysia 3-2 in the men’s under-70kg class

The regional championship, which brought in 200 fighters competing for 16 medal sets in tanding (combat) and six in seni (performance), closes today.

Pencak silat has become one of Viet Nam’s strongest events at recent SEA Games, and together with wushu, taekwondo and shooting. — VNS

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