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Weightlifter Tuan brings home silver

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Weightlifter Tuan brings home silver

(11-08-2008)

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 category yesterday.

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 start.

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 288kg.

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 ago.

Other hopefuls fail

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 Ratchasima.

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

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