|Nguyễn Thị Ngoan (second left). — Photo kinhtedothi.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese female karate martial artist Nguyễn Thị Ngoan now ranks among the world’s top 10 best female karate athletes, in the 61kg category, the World Karate Federation has announced.
It is the highest ranking ever achieved by a Vietnamese karate martial artist at a combat event.
Earlier, Việt Nam’s Nguyễn Hoàng Ngân was one of the world’s best athletes in a performance event. She won the world gold medal in 2008.
Ngoan won a gold medal at the Karate 1-Premier League in Halle/Leipzig, Germany, on September 10, making her the first Vietnamese martial artist to win the highest title in this prestigious tournament.
She defeated Jumaa Haya of Canada in the final of the women’s 61kg category.
With this result, Ngoan has a total score of 2,300 and ranks eighth in the world.
The Karate1-Premier League is one of the most important tournaments that athletes participate in to collect points to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The event attracted participation from more than 1,380 athletes from 87 countries. — VNS