Tuan brings home silver
|Weight of the world:
Hoang Anh Tuan lifts to win the silver medal in men’s 56kg at the
Beijing Olympic Games yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI — Vietnamese fans
leapt for joy as their biggest hope for claiming a medal in weightlifting at the
Beijing Olympic Games, Hoang Anh Tuan, brought home silver in the men’s 56kg
Tuan is the second athlete
to bring home a silver medal from the Olympic Games. The first was won by women’s
taekwondo athlete Tran Hieu Ngan at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
With Tuan’s silver
medal, Viet Nam now rank 17th in the overall medal standings alongside Austria,
Hungary, Sweden, and Turkey.
Tuan, who took gold in the
same category at the Good Luck Beijing 2008 tournament in China in January,
lifted a 290kg total in both snatch and clean and jerk lifts.
In the snatch, Tuan lifted
130kg, while later in the clean and jerk he succeeded at lifting 160kg in his
third attempt. He failed his second attempt, although he had a very favourable
The title in this event
went to the hosts’ athlete, Long Qingquan. The 17-year-old’s total entry
weight was 292kg. Indonesian Eko Yuli Irawan came third to take the bronze with
At the Beijing Olympics,
Tuan stands as one of the most experienced athletes in terms of major event
participation, and has maintained a relatively steady record in recent years.
Tuan won two gold medals
in the men’s 56kg at the Asian Weightlifting Championships, held in Kanazawa,
Japan in April, and a silver medal at the Asia Games Doha in Qatar two years
Meanwhile, the best
Vietnamese female badminton player Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung ended her hope to move
to the next round at the Olympics when she was defeated by Hirose Eriko of Japan
in the women’s singles round 32 yesterday.
While she managed her
playing well, Nhung still lost to her rival 21-7, 21-12.
Before the end of her
Beijing dreams, 24-old Nhung had a good start against Sri Lanka’s Jayasinghe
Thilini last Saturday. Nhung defeated 23-year-old Thilini, who has similar
height and weight and better international results, with the separated score of
21-13, 21-12 in the women’s singles round 64.
In the gymnastics artistic
competition yesterday, Do Thi Ngan Thuong gained 52,100 points in the individual
all around qualification and ranked 59th out of 98 gymnasts.
Thuong is the first
Vietnamese gymnast in history to compete at the Olympic Games. She has been
regarded as the best regional gymnast at the last three consecutive Southeast
Asian (SEA) Games where she won a total of five gold medals.
On Saturday, SEA Games
gold medallist Nguyen Huu Viet stopped at the qualifying round in the men’s
100m breast stroke when he finished the race with a time of 1 minute, 6 seconds.
At the 24th SEA Games in
Thailand last December, Viet won gold with a time of 1:03.73.
Nguyen Manh Tuong, who was
the first Vietnamese marksman to begin competing in Beijing on Saturday, was
failed to go further at the men’s 10m air pistol qualification with 573 points
total. He came 34th out of 48 athletes.
China’s Pang Wei took
gold in the event, with a total of 688.2 points.
In the Southeast Asian
region, Tuong is well-known for his achievements over the past decade, but the
world stage may be out of his reach. Tuong won gold medals in the men’s free
pistol and air pistol events at the last December’s SEA Games in Nakhon
At the Athens Olympics,
Tuong of the Ministry of Public Security gained just 568 points in the same
event to rank 41st out of 47 competitors.
"I have tried my best
to compete at this Games, but I’m not satisfied with the results," Tuong
said after this year’s results.
Tuong will get a chance to
improve his performance with the men’s 50m pistol today.
Twenty one Vietnamese
athletes, are competing in taekwondo, weightlifting, badminton, table tennis,
gymnastics, shooting, track and field and wushu. — VNS