|Nguyễn Huy Việt (middle) seen in the Hạ Long Bay Half Marathon. — Photo webthethao.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Huy Việt has became the first Vietnamese blind person to complete the Hạ Long Bay Half Marathon (21km).
“I could achieve this result because of the support of my wife, who used to wake up early to train with me,” said Việt, chairman of the Blind Association in Hoài Đức District, Hà Nội.
Led by Giho Kim, a volunteer from South Korea, Việt on Monday reached the finish line in three hours and four minutes.
“As I did not have much time to train, I faced problems on the way, such as strained muscles. But I am grateful to everybody who supported me,” Việt said. “I chose 21km to challenge myself. I knew it was more difficult than the 10km which I completed in my training.”
To prepare for the event, Việt and his wife trained for an hour every morning for more than two months.
“We did not get much time as we both work and have two young children to look after. But I am happy that my wife supported me although she does not like sports much,” said Việt.
Thirteen years ago, he joined the Khúc Hạo Sports Club and won gold medals in high jump and long jump events at the National Sports Games for disabled people in 2015.
After that, he stopped training and competing due to work.
He now aims to compete in the 42km and even 70km categories in the Hạ Long Bay Marathon next year.
“I used to climb to the highest peak of the Tây Thiên Pagoda in Tam Đảo District in Vĩnh Phúc Province. It is a driving force for me to overcome obstacles in life,” he said.
“The main challenges for blind people and people with disabilities are finances and volunteers. I hope society will create favourable conditions for us,” Việt said. — VNS