HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's Nguyen Thi Anh Vien made a strong impression on the last day of the second South East Asia Swimming Championships yesterday in Singapore.
Taking part in two events, Vien easily showed her domination and pocketed two records and two titles.
It is her seventh record and ninth gold medal in Singapore.
Her male teammate, Lam Quang Nhat also picked up his first gold medal here in the 1,500m freestyle event. Nhat, the SEA Games defending champion, clocked 15min 48.26sec. Prawira A Fadlan of Indonesia and Teo Zhen Ren of the hosts came second and third, respectively.
The men's 400m medley team later pocketed a bronze medal and finished behind Indonesia and Singapore.
The hosts began the day with two victories in the women's 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events, in which Amanda Lim and Lionel Khoo made one record each with a time of 25.74sec and 28.93sec, respectively.
However, Vien made it a day for the Viet Nam team, as she finished the women's 200m backstroke with a time of 2min 12.74sec, beating her own record of 2:13.84 set up in 2012.
Later, the Olympian shone in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:14.58, which was much quicker than what she recorded (2:17.67) two years ago.
On Saturday, Hoang Quy Phuoc took his second gold here after winning the men's 100m freestyle event with a time of 50.06sec. His result is also a new record, eclipsing the old one of 50.66sec by Danny Yeo Kai Quan of the hosts.
Later, Vien set her fifth record here in the 800m freestyle event. The 17-year-old picked up her seventh gold medal after finishing with a time of 8:40.75, nearly 12sec faster than the Malaysian Khoo Cai Lin's 8:52.45 years ago.
Vietnamese swimmers also earned a bronze medal in the men's 200m backstroke, when Tran Duy Khoi finished third behind Ricky Anggawijaya and Gede Sidman Sudartawa, both of Indonesia.
The Can Tho Province-born girl became the best athlete of the tournament. Her achievement played a key role in helping Viet Nam, with a tally of 12 golds, replace Singapore (11) at the top of the overall ranking table. Singapore had dominated the position from the first day on June 17. Thailand were at third, grabbing eight titles. — VNS