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Swimmer Vien named best Vietnamese athlete of 2015

Update: January, 13/2016 - 17:21
Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has been named the most outstanding Vietnamese athlete of 2015. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was named the most outstanding Vietnamese athlete of 2015 on January 13.

Vien overcame many candidates in a poll conducted among 160 sports journalists at home and abroad.

The 19-year-old Vien was ranked first in a list of the ten most outstanding athletes with 1,031 points.

This is the third consecutive time Vien has won the yearly award.

Track and field athlete Nguyen Thi Huyen came second with 619 points and tennis player Ly Hoang Nam finished third with 585 points.

Last year, at the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in June, Vien broke eight records and qualified in four categories for this year's Brazilian Olympics.

Vien brought home two silvers and one bronze at the World Cup. She also won one gold and one bronze at the sixth Military World Games.

With her outstanding performance, Vien was named one of Asia's five best female swimmers by US based Swimswam magazine.

Coach Dang Anh Tuan, who trains Vien, was voted as the most outstanding trainer of the year with 475 points, followed by Vu Ngoc Loi with 302 points (athletics) and Huynh Huu Chi with 162 points (weightlifting).

Weightlifter Le Van Cong won the ‘best disabled athlete' title with 418 points. Swimmers Trinh Thi Bich Nhu and Vo Thanh Tung were the runners-up.

Weightlifting trainer Nguyen Hong Phuc was named the best trainer of athletes with disabilities.

Cong broke the world record in the men's 49kg with a record 182kg lift at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan last July. — VNS

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