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Viet Nam mine gold at martial arts event

Update: December, 22/2010 - 09:40

HA NOI — Viet Nam has finished top of the medal table at the World Martial Arts Pencak Silat Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia after bagging eight gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.

Vietnamese artists maintained their domination of the competition with 10 athletes making the finals, eight of whom stepped up to the victory podium.

Viet Nam has won four world titles since 2002.

Pencak silat has become one of Viet Nam's strongest events at the Southeast Asian Games, and together with wushu, taekwondo and karate, the sport is considered a "gold mine" for the country in both regional and international tournaments.

At a meeting of the Asian Pencak Silat Federation, the deputy head of the elite sports department of the national sports administration, Nguyen Ngoc Anh, was appointed as general secretary of the federation.

The martial art was a demonstration event at the Asian Games in Busan in 2002, but has yet to be officially included at the Games. — VNS

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