Vietnamese archer Nguyễn Văn Đầy (left). — Photo news.zing.vn
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese archer Nguyễn Văn Đầy earned a historic silver medal at the ongoing 2019 Asian Archery Championships, the Việt Nam Archery Federation announced on Wednesday.
He beat many rivals in Asia and won the medal only after losing to Choi Yong-hee of South Korea in the men’s compound discipline.
This is Việt Nam’s first silver medal ever at the regional tournament.
Head of the archery department of the Việt Nam Sports Administration Bùi Trường Giang said the regional event is of great significance as it evaluates skills of Việt Nam’s archers before the 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.
The tournament also offers chances for them to book tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, he noted.
The Asian Archery Championships is underway in Thailand until Friday, with the participation of 246 athletes from 31 countries and territories.
The Vietnamese team comprises 19 archers, competing in both the recurve and compound disciplines.
The championships will award six quota places to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. — VNS