Vietnam wins first-ever triple jump medal at Asian championships

By Hieu Luong   July 12, 2023 | 07:49 pm PT
Nguyen Thi Huong won the bronze medal in the women's triple jump on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships in Thailand.
Nguyễn Thị Hường (phải) giành HC đồng nhảy ba bước lịch sử ở Giải điền kinh vô địch châu Á 2023. Ảnh: Chụp màn hình

A screenshot of Nguyen Thi Huong (R) receiving the triple jump bronze medal at the Asian Athletics Championships on July 12, 2023.

Huong, 22, jumped 13.68 m Wednesday night to finish behind Japan's Mariko Morimoto (14.6 m) and China's Rui Zeng (14.1 m).

She became the first Vietnamese to win a triple jump medal at the tournament and it was Vietnam's first medal in the competition.

She improved with every attempt, jumping 13.12 m, 13.47 m and 13.57 m before clinching the medal.

Nguyen Thi Huong's triple jump performance at the Asian Athletics Championships on July 12, 2023. Video by Asian Athletics Championships

Huong beat Thai triple jumper Parinya Chuaimaroeng, who recently won the SEA Games gold medal and silver in the 2018 Asian Games. At the SEA Games, Huong only managed a bronze with a jump of 13.46 m.

The 2023 Asian Athletics Championships is taking place from July 12 to 16 at the Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, with more than 40 countries taking part.

Athletes taking part can qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Vietnam sent 20 athletes to the event.

Ace runner Nguyen Thi Oanh only managed fifth place in the women's 1,500 m while Nguyen Tung Lam and Tran Dinh Son failed to qualify for the men's 400 m finals.

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