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VN grab first ever swimming gold in ASG

Update: July, 17/2017 - 09:00
Nguyễn Đăng Khoa (left) wins Việt Nam’s first swimming gold at the Singapore ASEAN School Games on Sunday. — VNS Photo Trần Ngọc Tiến
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — In a first, Việt Nam grabbed a gold medal in swimming at the ninth ASEAN Schools Games, which is ongoing in Singapore.

The Vietnamese swimmer triumphed in the boys’ 400m individual medley event, as Nguyễn Đăng Khoa came first with a timing of 4 minutes and 34.36 seconds and his teammate Lương Jeremie Loic Nino was second with 4:37.74.

 According to their teacher Trần Ngọc Tiến, it was the first time Việt Nam had won a swimming medal at the annual ASG.

Athletics has always been Việt Nam’s strong point. They did a good job yesterday with three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Hoàng Thị Minh Hạnh claimed the gold in the girls’ 400m event, clocking 56.11sec.

Vũ Thị Ngọc Hà was first in the girls’ long jump with a result of 5.87m.

Phạm Thúy Hạnh ran in 4min and 47.45sec in the girls’ 1,500m event, which won her the gold medal. Her teammate Đoàn Thu Hằng was second, just 1.86sec slower.

Two other silver medals went to Đặng Thị Trang in the girls’ javelin event and to the girls’ 4x100m relay team.

Two bronze medals went to Bùi Thị Kim Thoa in the girls’ 400m and Nguyễn Long Chu in the high jump.

Table tennis players also made their mark in the medals tally. They won a gold in the boys’ team event and a bronze in the girls’ team category.

On the first day of the tournament on Saturday, the Vietnamese team pocketed four gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Apart from a bronze in gymnastics, the other medals were won in athletics.

“This year, most of the athletes in the track-and-field events are taking part in their first games. However, we can see that they have done a really good job and given impressive results against strong rivals from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, who have grabbed medals in regional tournaments,” said Ngũ Duy Anh, head of Việt Nam delegation.

“I am really impressed with the first gold medals of the day. This will be a strong motivator for our athletes to try harder in the coming events at the games,” he said.

Việt Nam have won eight golds, nine silvers and four bronzes after two days of competition. — VNS

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