Vietnam's top swimmer retires from int'l duties

By Duc Dong   November 17, 2021 | 06:07 am PT
Vietnam's top swimmer retires from int'l duties
Nguyen Thi Anh Vien competes in SEA Games 30 in 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong
Nguyen Thi Anh Vien's request for retirement has been approved, which means she may not compete in SEA Games 31 next year.

The decision was made in a meeting between the Department of Physical Education and Sports, and the military sports team, following Vien’s request last month.

Department Deputy Director Tran Duc Phan verified the information with VnExpress on Tuesday but didn't confirm Vien's possibility of competing in SEA Games 31 next year because it's still a long way off. Previously, the department and related parties had tried to persuade Vien to stay on the national team and compete in SEA Games 31, which will be held in Vietnam in May 2022.

Vien had retired once before, in 2020, but decided to return to swimming. Currently, all related parties want her to continue and compete at SEA Games 31.

Vien is the most successful Vietnamese swimmer in history.

During 10 years of her professional career, Vien won 25 SEA Games golds, a silver and three bronze medals in Asian tournaments, and a Youth Olympic gold. She has dominated domestic swimming in Vietnam for years, holding many accolades and records.

Vien participated in Olympics 2016 and 2021 but couldn't make it past the first round in both events.

After Tokyo Olympics, Vien requested to leave the national team due to her age and continuously dropping form. Vien affirmed she had considered her decision carefully this time.

The 25-year-old will still continue competing in domestic tournaments for the military sports team.

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