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Pencak silat artists claim honours at regional Games

Update: June, 27/2013 - 10:43

Vietnamese pencak silat martial artists added their names to the list of winners at the ASEAN Schools Games in Ha Noi yesterday.

As one of the world's strongest pencak silat nations, Viet Nam dominated three out of six events in the morning.

Trio Vu Tien Dung, Nguyen Xuan Thanh and Nguyen Quoc Viet won in the boys' team category, leaving behind teams from Indonesia and Brunei.

Their teammates Nguyen Thi Huyen, Duong Thi Anh Nguyet and Pham Thi Phuong also topped the podium minutes later after winning the girls' category.

Their runners-up were also from Indonesia and Brunei.

It was the second gold medal for Huyen and Nguyet, who had earlier won the girls' double pool.

Two other golds went to Indonesia, the motherland of pencak silat, and one was won by Malaysia.

In the swimming, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien proved herself as a title collector, with two golds in the girls' 400m and 800m freestyle.

The Can Tho City-based swimmer has now bagged eight of Viet Nam's nine swimming golds.

Viet Nam topped the scoreboard yesterday with 27 gold medals, while Malaysia remained in second place with 15 gold and Thailand came in third with 12 gold.-VNS

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