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HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s Asian gold medalist, Nguyễn Thị Huyền has decided to retire from competition to have a baby.
The 24-year-old runner and hurdler from the northern province of Nam Định won a gold medal in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in the women’s 400m hurdle. She also won a total of six gold medals in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the 400m, 400m hurdle and 400m relay.
Huyền was the country’s top medal hopeful at the upcoming Asian Games (ASIAD) in August.
According to the Việt Nam Athletics Federation, Quách Thị Lan will replace Huyền in the 400m and 400m hurdle in the ASIAD, while young ace Nguyễn Thị Hằng will replace Huyền in the 4x400m hurdle.
“I got married last year. I intended to compete at the upcoming ASIAD and then start a family. But because of my unscheduled pregnancy, I must stop running to become a mother,” said Huyền.
After retirement, Huyền will be a coach of a junior athletics team in Nam Định.
“It’s a pity that I won’t be devoted to Vietnamese sport anymore, but I am very happy to become a mother,” said Huyền. — VNS