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SEA Games: Vietnam win 20 gold medals Monday

By Hoang Nguyen   May 16, 2022 | 06:21 am PT
Vietnam scored major victories in athetics, pencak silat and taekwondo at the 31st SEA Games Monday, winning 20 gold medals to raise its gold tally to 88.

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Vietnam's pencak silat athletes won five gold medals Monday, wrapping up their run at the 31st SEA Games with six gold medals.

Nguyen Duy Tuyen won gold by beating Indonesia's Ronaldo Neno in the last pencak silat final at SEA Games 31, while Le Van Toan defeated his Malaysian opponent Anak Nakang for another gold. Nguyen Tan Sang won one pencak silat gold after his Singaporean opponent Bin Sheik Alau'ddin withdrew.

Tran Dinh Nam dominated the men's 70-75 kg category with Singaporean Addul Rashid.

Tran Dinh Nam (L) fights Singapores Addul Rashid in a pencak silat event in Hanoi, May 16, 2022. Photo by Ngoc Thanh

Tran Dinh Nam (L) fights Singapore's Addul Rashid in a pencak silat event in Hanoi, May 16, 2022. Photo by Ngoc Thanh

Earlier Quang Thi Thu Nghia earned a pencak silat gold in her SEA Games debut performance. She defeated a much more experienced opponent, Siti Rahmah Binti Mohamed Nasir of Malaysia, in the women's 70-75kg category.

Vietnams Quang Thi Thu Nghia fights Malaysias Siti Rahmah Binti Mohamed Nasir in a pencak silat event in Hanoi, May 16, 2022. Photo by Ngoc Thanh

Vietnam's Quang Thi Thu Nghia fights Malaysia's Siti Rahmah Binti Mohamed Nasir in a pencak silat event in Hanoi, May 16, 2022. Photo by Ngoc Thanh

There are 10 pencak silat finals in Hanoi on Monday and Vietnam competed in six of them.

In athletics, Vietnam won four gold medals Monday.

Do Quoc Luat won a gold medal in 3,000 m hurdles, Vu Thi Ngoc Ha won one in long jump (6.39 m), Khuat Phuong Anh in 800m run, and Bui Thi Nguyen in women's 110m H.

Bui Thi Nguyen (C) competes in womens 110m H category. Photo by Duc Dong

Bui Thi Nguyen (C) competes in women's 110m H category. Photo by Duc Dong

Vietnam also won four taekwondo gold medals Monday in women's team recognized poomsae, men’s team recognized poomsae, mixed freestyle poomsae and categories and men’s individual recognized poomsae (Pham Quoc Viet).

In swimming, Nguyen Huy Hoang broke a SEA Games record Monday to win his second gold medal at the event.

Hoang finished the 400 m freestyle in 3:48:06 minutes, nearly four seconds faster than the second-placed Hoe Yean Khiew from Malaysia. The previous SEA Games record in the category was 3:49:08 minutes.

Tran Hung Nguyen won another swimming gold in 200m backstroke. The 19-year-old was in the fourth position in the last 50m, but he sped up to finish first in 2:01:58 minutes, only 0.09 seconds faster than Hoe Yean Khiew of Malaysia.

Tran Hung Nguyen in the 200m backstroke.

In gymnastics, Dinh Phuong Thanh won two gold medals in parallel and horizontal bars on Monday, having bagged a total of 11 gold medals since first attending SEA Games in 2015.

In parallel bars, Thanh beat Carlos Yulo of the Philippines, who has won multiple medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Yulo is the first male Southeast Asian gymnast to win in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships with his floor exercise bronze medal finish in 2018.

Dinh Phuong Thanh in the gymnasticss parallel bars performance on May 16, 2022. Photo by Giang Huy

Dinh Phuong Thanh in the gymnastics's parallel bars performance on May 16, 2022. Photo by Giang Huy

Ha Minh Thanh won a shooting gold medal in men's 25m rapid fire pistol while Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh defended her cycling gold medal at the previous Games by finishing first in the women's mountain bike cross-country Olympic category.

Vietnam also won fencing gold medal in men's sabre team.

Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh finishes the mountain bike cross-country Olympic category event in Hoa Binh Province, May 16, 2022. Photo by Duc Dong

Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh finishes the mountain bike cross-country Olympic category event in Hoa Binh Province, May 16, 2022. Photo by Duc Dong

Other SEA Games events Vietnam will compete in on Monday are fencing, archery, golf, pétanque, chess, esports, xiangqi, badminton, tennis, wrestling, beach volleyball, bowling, billiards, handball, sepak takraw, basketball and volleyball.

 
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