|Việt Nam’s first Olympic winner Hoàng Xuân Vinh. — File Photos |
Viet Nam News1. Marksman Hoàng Xuân Vinh won a gold and a silver at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August.
The armyman made the nation’s dream come true with his perfect performance in the men’s 10m air pistol event with 202.5 points in 20 shots. Three days later, Vinh missed his second title after coming second in the 50m pistol event.
The 42-year-old became the first Olympic gold medallist in Việt Nam’s history.
|Paralympics powerlifting champion Lê Văn Công.|
2. A month after the milestone of the national sport, also in Rio, weightlifter Lê Văn Công set a new record of 183kg in the men’s U49kg category of the Paralympics.
After five seasons in Paralympics, Việt Nam’s athletes finally notched up the highest achievement.
Apart from Công other Vietnamese athletes also took home one silver and two bronze medals in swimming, weightlifting and athletics.
|Futsal team compete at the World Cup.|
3. The Vietnamese national futsal squad made history with their first ever ticket to the FIFA World Cup 2016 in Colombia in September.
Earlier in the Asian championship, Việt Nam overcame title favourite and defending champions Japan in the semi-final. As a result, they qualified for the World Cup.
The team made a bigger bang as they entered the World Cup’s quarter-final round and grabbed the fair-play award.
|U19 squad advance to the final of the World Cup U20.|
4. Việt Nam’s U-19 team qualified to the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017.
Coach Hoàng Anh Tuấn and his team had an unbelievable journey at the Asian U-19 Football Championship in Bahrain in October.
Despite being considered the underdogs of Group B, Việt Nam beat a stronger North Korea 2-1, tied the UAE 1-1 and drew Iraq 0-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the last 16, Việt Nam defeated the host 1-0 and became one of four best teams of the tournament to represent Asia at the World Cup in South Korea.
|Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên brings home the first Asian swimming gold.|
5. Swimmer Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên grabbed a gold and set a record of 4min 37.71sec at the Asian Swimming Championships’ women’s 400m individual medley event in Japan in November.
It was the first title for Việt Nam in the continental competition after many years of waiting.
|Chess master grab Asian championship title.|
6. Master Nguyễn Thị Mai Hưng won a gold medal at the Asian Individual Blitz Women’s Chess Championship in Uzbekistan in June. Her teammates Lê Quang Liêm won two silvers. Both of them qualified for the Chess World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, from September 1 to 25, 2017.
|Việt Nam for the first time top a continental at the Asian Beach Games.|
Hosts Việt Nam led the chart with 52 gold medals, 44 silver medals and 43 bronze medals. It was the first time Vietnamese sports was on top at a continent-level Games. Thailand came second, and China were third.
|Midfielder Lương Xuân Trường finds his berth in South Korea football tournament.|
8. Vietnamese players ‘exported’ abroad.
Việt Nam used to have some players competing abroad but it was 2016 which saw a number of talents who signed contracts with international clubs. They all trained at the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai-Arsenal JMG Academy.
Striker Nguyễn Công Phượng moved to Japanese Mito Hollyhock in one year. Midfielder Nguyễn Tuấn Anh joined Yokohama FC, also in Japan. Midfielder Lương Xuân Trường was on loan to South Korean Incheon United before moving to Gangwon FC.
|Danang Dragons win first national professional basketball league.|
9. Việt Nam has its first professional basketball league.
The Việt Nam Basketball Association (VBA) League presented five teams in its debut season, presenting a new image and understanding of the sport to national fans.
The tournament kicked off in August with about 50 matches in four months. Danang Dragon exhibited a magical performance, passing title candidate Saigon Heat and powerful rivals HCM City Wing and Hanoi Buffaloes to be champions in the first year.
|The national football team lose at the AFF Cup despite strong support.|
10. The national men’s football team quest for the AFF Cup 2016 title falls short in December.
Việt Nam lost 3-4 to Indonesia in the semi-finals against Indonesia that made the most of Việt Nam’s defensive frailties. Việt Nam under coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng put on a brave display and pushed the game into extra time despite playing with 10 men in the concluding stages of the home leg. — VNS