|HCM City win National Vovinam Championships with 15 gold medals. — Photo baotintuc.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — HCM City topped the National Vovinam Championships, which concluded in Bình Dương Province yesterday.
The city’s athletes pocketed 15 gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
Cần Thơ came second with seven golds, and Thanh Hóa were third with five titles.
The tournament saw several surprises when defending champion in the men’s 57kg category Trần Anh Tuấn of Thanh Hóa was defeated in the quarter-finals. Young martial artist Nguyễn Hữu Lực of HCM City took his first national gold.
Lê Văn Nam, also from Thanh Hóa, overcame many senior rivals to win the men’s 54kg class.
According to Nguyễn Văn Chiếu, vice president cum general secretary of the Việt Nam Vovinam Federation, teams showed great progress in the championship. It meant that vovinam had strongly developed in the localities, he said. It is a good sign for the Vietnamese martial art, which is expected to become popular in the world in the future, he added.
The national championship was held from October 25 to October 29 with the participation of 380 artists. They competed for 48 sets of medals in 26 categories of combat and 22 disciplines for both men and women. — VNS