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VN athletes to plunge into World Swimming Champs

Update: July, 16/2011 - 11:21

HA NOI — Viet Nam will send four representatives to compete at the 2011 World Swimming Championship in Shanghai, which begins today and ends on July 31.

They are Hoang Quy Phuoc, Vo Thai Nguyen, Pham Thanh Nguyen and young talent Cao Thi Anh Vien, who secured a wild card spot.

Veteran Nguyen Huu Viet did not make the list because he failed to qualify at the Malaysia Open.

Nguyen and Nguyen, who bagged golds and silvers at the Malaysia Open, won spots in this Shanghai event along with Phuoc.

Da Nang-based Phuoc, 17, won a gold in the men's 100m butterfly in Malaysia, was the first Vietnamese athlete to secure a place at the 2012 London Olympics. His time of 53.56 seconds broke the Viet Nam and Southeast Asian Games records.

14-year-old Vien has won 25 gold, 25 silver and 10 bronze medals in both international and domestic tournaments since 2007.

At the June's 35th Southeast Asian Swimming Championships, she won six golds, two silvers and three bronzes and broke records in the 200m backstroke and 400m medley.

The FINA World Championships at Shanghai's Oriental Sports Centre, which will be aired on 65 accredited television networks, are expected to attract a record number of 2,220 athletes from 181 countries.

It will feature swimming, water polo, diving, and open water and synchronised swimming. Races will be used as qualifiers for the London Olympics. — VNS

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