|Việt Nam SEA Games delegation at the closing ceremony. Việt Nam record putstanding performance at the 30th event. Photo vnreview.vn
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese athletes have had an outstanding 2019 at home and abroad. Việt Nam News looks at the top 10 events of the year.
|Vietnamese players celebrate their goal in the final of the women's football match in the 30th SEA Games. — Photo thoibaotoday.info
|Grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm.— Photo dantri.vn
|Swimmer Nguyễn Huy Hoàng. Photo nguoitieudung.com.vn
Archers Đỗ Thị Ánh Nguyệt and Nguyễn Hoàng Phi Vũ received the next two berths to Tokyo.
The Vietnamese secured their slots after winning at the Asian Archery Championships in Thailand in November.
|Hà Nội FC players competing at the AFC Cup. — Photo 24h.com.vn
7. Hà Nội FC win V.League 1 and National Cup
As well as domestic success, the capital side went deep in the AFC Cup and became the first Southeast Asian club advanced to the Inter-zonal Final where they were eliminated by North Korean side April 25 Sports Club in September.
However, they will be absent from all AFC events next year as their U15 team did not compete in the national championship, and continental governing body rules dictate that participants must have youth teams competing from U13 to U21 each season.
|Vietnamese defender Đoàn Văn Hậu wears a jersey of SC Heerenveen. — Photo voh.com.vn
8. Top footballers make moves abroad
Goalkeeper Đặng Văn Lâm and midfielder Lương Xuân Trường both moved to the Thai League when they signed contracts with Muangthong United and Buriram United, respectively. Trường has since returned to the V.League 1.
Striker Nguyễn Công Phượng and defender Đoàn Văn Hậu left the V.League to test their skills for Sint Truidense in Belgium and SC Heerenveen in the Netherlands. Phượng, however, played unsuccessfully and will return home to compete for the V.League's HCM City FC in 2020.
|Việt Nam futsal team celebrate after winning their 2020 Asian championship berth. — Photo vov.vn
9. Futsal bronze in HCM City
Việt Nam won a bronze medal after crushing Myanmar 7-3 in the third-place match of the AFF HDBank Futsal Championship at Phú Thọ Stadium in HCM City in October.
The regional tournament was a qualifier for the Asian Championship. The top three teams advancen to the finals which will be held in Tourkmenistan on February 26 to March 8.
|Weightlifter Vương Thị Huyền competes at the 30th SEA Games. She wins a gold medal in the women's 49kg class. — Photo thethaohcm.vn
10. Raising the bar
Female weightlifter Vương Thị Huyền had an outstanding performance this year with three Asian gold medals; two golds and one silver and World Cup, one bronze and World Weightlifting Championship and one SEA Games gold medal. VNS