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Việt Nam send athletes to vie for Asia titles

Update: June, 30/2017 - 10:50
Quách Thị Lan (right) and Nguyễn Thị Huyền compete at the National Athletics Championship. They will take part in the Asian tournament next week in India. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will send six athletes to India to take part in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship 2017 in Odisha City from July 6-9.

Quách Thị Lan and Nguyễn Thị Huyền will compete in the women’s 400m and 400m hurdle events.

Huyền is the Southeast Asian Games champion and record holder while Lan is national champion in both categories.

Huyền was the first ever Vietnamese track-and-field athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games, competing in Rio last year.

Lan, who spent months training in the US last year, won one gold and two silvers at the Asian Grand Prix in April. She will also take part in the 200m in Odisha.

The duo will team up with Nguyễn Thị Oanh and Hoàng Thị Ngọc in the 4x400m relay. Việt Nam won this event at the SEA Games two years ago.

Asian Games silver medalist Bùi Thị Thu Thảo will test her skills in the long jump.

Last month, Thảo grabbed two gold medals at the Asian Grand Prix, jumping a personal best 6.41m.

The only man on the team, Quách Công Lịch will compete in the 400m and 400m hurdles.

Lịch is the national champion in these events.

He secured a gold and two silvers in 400m events at the Asian Grand Prix where he set his season best time of 46.66sec.

According to Hoàng Minh Quyết of the Việt Nam Athletics Federation these athletes are the best in Việt Nam. They are national, regional champions and record holders.

The Asian championships will have a total of 42 events held over four days at Kalinga Stadium.

About 800 athletes from 45 countries and territories are set to compete in the tournament.

The winners of the Asian meet will qualify for the World championship in London from August 4-13.

The previous championships were held in Wuhan in 2015, with hosts China dominating with 15 golds. They were followed by Qatar and India.

Việt Nam had five representatives but did not win a single medal. — VNS

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