|Nguyễn Thanh Trường of Việt Nam (left) wins his gold in the men’s U70kg event. — Photo baobaovephapluat.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam returned home with two gold medals from the 15th Asian Karate Federation Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships 2016, which closed in Indonesia on November 27.
Nguyễn Thanh Trường won his gold in the men’s U70kg event and Nguyễn Thị Ngoan triumphed in the women’s U61kg category.
Vietnamese athlete Nguyễn Ánh Nguyệt pocketed a silver medal in the women’s U54kg event, while Nguyễn Thị Việt Trinh came second in the women’s U68kg competition.
Kata (performance) competitors also entered the top three list, with three bronze medals -- Trần Thị Khánh Vi in the women’s U50kg; Thái Thanh Bích Ngọc in the women’s U47kg; and Lê Thị Khánh Ly in the women’s kata category.
Việt Nam ranked fifth in the medal tally. Japan, home to martial art, bagged 20 titles to claim the top position.
Karate has been added to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Việt Nam expect to send both kumite and kata athletes to Tokyo. According to the rules, each continent will have 10 representatives to the Olympics. — VNS