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SEA Games: Vietnam win 22 gold medals Thursday

By Hoang Nguyen   May 19, 2022 | 06:05 am PT
Several new records were set at the 31st SEA Games on Thursday as the hosts won 22 more gold to continue dominating the medal table.

In swimming, Vietnamese star Nguyen Huy Hoang won his fourth personal gold medal at the 31st SEA Games, finishing the 200m butterfly event in 1:58.81 minutes.

He won a gold medal in the 800m freestyle in 7:57:65 minutes the same day. Vietnam's Tran Huu Kim Son won a silver by finishing in 8:04:23 minutes while Malaysia's Yean Khiew came more than two seconds later to win bronze.

Hoang had also won gold in the 1,500m freestyle and 400m freestyle earlier in the tournament.

Nguyen Huy Hoang competes in the 800m freestyle event at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, May 19, 2022.

Nguyen Huy Hoang competes in the 800m freestyle event at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, May 19, 2022.

Singapore's swimmer Wei Teong set a SEA Games record by finishing the men's 50m freestyle in 21.93 seconds, winning a gold medal.

Eu Jin Tan of Singapore won the silver medal in the event by finishing in 22.24 seconds and Vietnam's Jeremie Nino Luong won bronze in 22.85 seconds.

Cueist star Tran Quyet Chien beat Filipino legend Efren Reyes

Tran Quyet Chien, Vietnam's number one cueist and world, number three, beat billiard legend Efren Reyes in a three-cushion carom match with a 40-10 victory. After the victory, Chien bowed over his 68-year-old opponent, who is considered the greatest cueist in the world's billiards pool.

SEA Games: Vietnam win 22 gold medals Thursday - 1

Vietnamese, Thai weightlifters set new records

Vietnamese weightlifter Lai Gia Thanh lifted a total of 268kg in men's 55kg event to win gold and set a SEA Games record.

Lai Gia Thanh in action in mens 55kg weightlifting event, May 19, 2022. Photo by Giang Huy

Lai Gia Thanh in action in men's 55kg weightlifting event, May 19, 2022. Photo by Giang Huy

Lai Gia Thanh in action in men's 55kg weightlifting event, May 19, 2022.

Thai athlete Thada Somboon-Uan lifted 256kg to win the silver medal and Malaysia's Mohamad Aniq Kasdan won a bronze by lifting 252kg.

Thailand also broke two weightlifting records Thursday.

Surodchana Khambao lifted a total of 195 kg to break the SEA Games record in the women's 49kg event and win a gold medal. Vietnam's Pham Dinh Thi won silver by lifting 183kg. Philippines' Rosegie Ramos Amis lifted 179kg.

Earlier in the women's 45kg event, Thailand's Sukcharoen Thanyathon also broke the record set by Vietnam at the previous Games by lifting a total of 174kg.

Thailands Sukcharoen Thanyathon in action during the womens 45kg weightlifting event at Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center, Hanoi, May 19, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Thailand's Sukcharoen Thanyathon in action during the women's 45kg weightlifting event at Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center, Hanoi, May 19, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Vietnam's Khong My Phuong lifted a total of 172kg in the 45kg event to win a silver medal.

Khong My Phuong competes in weightlifting at SEA Games, May 19, 2022. Photo by Giang Huy

Khong My Phuong competes in weightlifting at SEA Games, May 19, 2022. Photo by Giang Huy

Martial arts and other gold medals

Wrestling earned Vietnam four gold medals on Thursday thanks to Tran Van Truong Vu in men's 97kg freestyle event, Can Tat Du won in the 74kg event, Phung Khac Huy in the 57kg event and Nguyen Xuan Dinh in the 65kg event.

Karate athletes also won four gold medals Thursday, thanks to the performances of Do Thanh Nhan in the -84kg kumite men event, Bui Thi Thao in the over-84kg kumite women event, Ho Thi Thu Hien in the -68kg kumite women event, and the trio Nguyen Thi Phuong, Luu Thi Thu Uyen and Nguyen Ngoc Tram in kata women event.

In vovinam, which is returning to SEA Games after nine years, Vietnam earned two gold medals thanks to Nguyen Thanh Liem in the 60kg men event and Do Phuong Thao in the 65kg women event.

Judo also earned Vietnam two more gold medals. Nguyen Thi Huong won one in the 63kg women event and Le Anh Tai in the 90kg men event.

Pham Thi Thu Hien won a taekwondo gold medal in women's 62kg event, beating her Thai opponent in extra time.

In shooting, Hoang Thi Tuat won a gold medal in women's trap event.

In cycling, Quang Van Cuong won a gold medal in men's road criterium race.

Thailand's Sarawut Sirironnachai won the silver medal and Singapore's Boon Kiak Yeo bronze.

Quang Van Cuong (C) in action in cycling competition at the 31st SEA Games, May 19, 2022. Photo by Duc Dong

Quang Van Cuong (C) in action in cycling competition at the 31st SEA Games, May 19, 2022. Photo by Duc Dong

In women's road criterium race, Thailand's Juthatip Maneephan won the gold medal while Vietnam's Nguyen Thi That won silver and Malaysia's Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir bronze.

Thailands Juthatip Maneephan celebrates as she crosses the line to win the womens road criterium race in Hoa Binh Province, May 19, 2022 Photo by Reuters/Jeremy Lee

Thailand's Juthatip Maneephan celebrates as she crosses the line to win the women's road criterium race in Hoa Binh Province, May 19, 2022 Photo by Reuters/Jeremy Lee

Vietnam win historic marathon gold

In athletics, Hoang Nguyen Thanh won a gold medal in marathon, which is Vietnam's first in the event in SEA Games history.

Hoang Nguyen Thanh after finishing the athletics marathon event to win a gold medal, May 19, 2022.

Hoang Nguyen Thanh after finishing the athletics' marathon event to win a gold medal in My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi, May 19, 2022. Photo by Duc Dong

Hoang Nguyen Thanh near the finish line in the athletics marathon event, May 19, 2022.

Hoang Nguyen Thanh near the finish line in the athletics' marathon event, May 19, 2022. Photo by Duc Dong

Thanh finished in 2:25.080 minutes. Agus Prayogo of Indonesia finished in 2:25.380 to win silver medal and Thailand's Tony Ah-thit Payne finished in 2:26.400 to win bronze.

Vo Xuan Vinh won a gold medal in 20km men's walk and Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc in women's walk.

Hoang Thi Ngoc Hoa won a bronze medal for Vietnam in the women's marathon event. She obviously gave it all she got and ended up vomiting after reaching the finish line.

She finished in 2:57.350 minutes, two seconds after gold medalist Odekta Naibaho Elvina of Indonesia and more than one second after silver medalist Christine Hallasgo of the Philippines.

Hoang Thi Ngoc Hoa vomits after finishing the athletics' marathon event at SEA Games 31, May 19, 2022.

In chess, Vietnam won a gold medal in the rapid event.

Grandmaster Le Quang Liem, who returned from the U.S. for the tournament, kept winning other opponents to lead Vietnam after four rounds of rapid chess event. In the final round, they gained an easy draw with the Philippines, who won the silver medal.

Le Quang Liem before a rapid chess match at SEA Games 31 in Quang Ninh Province, May 19, 2022. Photo by Anh Thu

Le Quang Liem before a rapid chess match at SEA Games 31 in Quang Ninh Province, May 19, 2022. Photo by Anh Thu

Vietnam also won gold medals in shooting's 10m team pistol event, canoeing's men's C2 1,000 m.

Click here for a detailed list of SEA Games events to watch on Thursday.

 
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