Three national records were broken at the HCM City Open International Athletics Tournament 2010 over the weekend.
National holder Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc of Da Nang broke her own record in the women's 5,000m walk event with a winning time of 23 minutes 47 seconds, 1 minute 13 seconds less the previous record set by Phuc last year in HCM City.
Vu Van Huyen from the Army also jumped over 4.75m to shatter his own record of 4.7m (set last year in this tournament) in the men's pole vault event.
In the men's javelin event, Nguyen Truong Giang of Ben Tre Province broke his own record. His best throw was 69.04m, far better than his own old record of 65.22m set in April 2006 in Ha Noi.
Top athletes Truong Thanh Hang and Nguyen Dinh Cuong won gold medals in the women's 10,000-metre and and men's 800-metre event.
The 17th annual tournament attracted 322 athletes from Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Luxury fitness centre opens in HCMC
The Gym, one of most modern fitness centres in Viet Nam, opened on Saturday at the Parkson Flemington Building in HCM City's District 11.
The gym's equipment is imported from the US. The Spinner and Cardio Works Studio has a floor designed for safety and comfort to prevent injuries. That Vay, CEO of The Gym, said similar facilities were operating in Cambodia.
Quang Ninh women whip Yen Bai
Quang Ninh beat Yen Bai 29-13 in the women's final of the National U-17 Basketball Championship in Ha Noi over the weekend.
In the men's final, HCM City took a 35-29 win over Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
It was the first youth basketball tournament ever held by the National Basketball Federation.
PetroVietnam bag men's team title
PetroVietnam took the men's team gold at the International Table Tennis Golden Paddle Tournament by beating South Korea 3-1 in the final in Vung Tau on Saturday.
Two-time Olympian Doan Kien Quoc cruised past Lee Jung-choon 3-0, while two newly-recruited Chinese players, Kou Lei and Yang Ce, also triumphed to bring gold to PetroVietnam.
In the women's competition , South Korea took home the gold medal with a 3-0 win over Thailand in the final.
Athletes get free health check-up
Sixty athletes from HCM City received free medical examinations from Doctor Jee Lim Tan of the Singapore Parkway Health Group at HCM City's Hoa Lu Sports Centre on Saturday.
The exams were part of a co-operation agreement signed between the city and the Singapore Health Group in 2006 for annual sports exams.
In recent years, Vietnamese footballers Phan Van Tai Em, Nguyen Viet Thang and Nguyen Minh Phuong received successful knee operations under the agreement.
In 2007, Viet Nam Sports Hospital, located in the National Sports Complex campus, officially opened with 100 beds. — VNS