|Nguyễn Đức Mạnh of Việt Nam competes at the men’s cross-country skiing event during the Asian Winter Games in Japan. — Photo webthethao.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam finished the second event at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, Thursday, with Nguyễn Đức Mạnh coming in last in the men’s cross-country skiing event.
Mạnh, who carried Việt Nam national flag at the opening ceremony on Sunday, completed his 10km stage with a time of 1hr 4.30min. His result would have been better if his ski had not broken half way. It prevented him from speeding up and ended with him just trying to finish the competition.
It was first time that Mạnh and his teammates were taking part in a Winter Games. One of the nation’s leading athletes, he had trained in skiing for several months to prepare for the Sapporo Games.
Arika Lenting of Japan took the gold medal with a time of 25:15.06. Kim Magnus of South Korea earned a silver, and Kohei Shimizu of the hosts took the bronze.
After four days of competition, Japan are on top of the medal tally with 14 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze medals. South Korea are close behind with 14 golds and 12 silvers. China are at third with six titles.
Việt Nam’s three representatives will compete in the last sport of men’s slalom of the Alpine Skiing event today. — VNS