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31ST SEA GAMES: UPDATES MAY 21

SEA Games 31: Thai weightlifter conquers men’s 67kg class
SEA Games 31: Thai weightlifter conquers men’s 67kg class hinh anh 1
Weightlifters at the Games (Photo: VNA)
Thailand have extended their golden streak at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) after Chantri Witsanu snatched the gold in the men’s 67kg with a total lift of 312 kg.

Mohamad Yasin of Indonesia won the silver with a combined lift of 308kg. Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Hoang, who won a silver at SEA Games 30 in the Philippines in 2019, lifted 308kg to earn the bronze.

For the clean and jerk, both Hoang and the Thai lifter succeeded with 140kg, while their Indonesian rival excelled with 141kg.

Also on May 20, Vietnam’s Hoang Thi Duyen clinched the gold in the women’s 59kg category.

The 26-year-old athlete succeeded in a 96kg snatch and broke her own record of 95kg set at SEA Games 30.

In the clean and jerk event, Duyen succeeded with 108kg after three times, raising her total lift to 204kg and successfully defending her SEA Games title right on the home ground.

Vietnam tops medal tally, exceeding gold medal target at SEA Games 31

Vietnam remained on top of the ongoing SEA Games 31, earning additional 27 gold medals on May 19 and surpassing its initial target of winning 140-150 at the event.

As of 9pm of the same day, the host nation had bagged 152 gold, 76 silver and 74 bronze medals, followed by Thailand with 53 golds and the Philippines with 37.

On the day, three golds came for Vietnam in athletics, two each in shooting and canoeing, and one each in chess, billiards, and cycling, among others.

Both the women’s and men’s football teams of Vietnam have qualified for the finals, where they will face their Thai rivals on May 21 and 22, respectively.

SEA Games 31, themed “For a Stronger South East Asia”, is being held in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring provinces and cities until May 23.

It features 40 sports with 523 events, attracting around 10,000 participants. The biennial event was initially slated for late 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thai weightlifter conquers men’s 67kg class

Thailand have extended their golden streak at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) after Chantri Witsanu snatched the gold in the men’s 67kg with a total lift of 312 kg.

Mohamad Yasin of Indonesia won the silver with a combined lift of 308kg. Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Hoang, who won a silver at SEA Games 30 in the Philippines in 2019, lifted 308kg to earn the bronze.

For the clean and jerk, both Hoang and the Thai lifter succeeded with 140kg, while their Indonesian rival excelled with 141kg.

Also on May 20, Vietnam’s Hoang Thi Duyen clinched the gold in the women’s 59kg category.

The 26-year-old athlete succeeded in a 96kg snatch and broke her own record of 95kg set at SEA Games 30.

In the clean and jerk event, Duyen succeeded with 108kg after three times, raising her total lift to 204kg and successfully defending her SEA Games title right on the home ground.

Vietnam settles with bronze in English Billiards’ doubles

Vietnamese duo Nguyen Thanh Binh and Tran Le Anh Tuan clinched a bronze medal in the English Billiards’ doubles at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) held in Hanoi on May 20.

Failing to make it to the final, they shared the third place with Praprut Chaithanasakun and Thawat Sujaritthurakarn from Thailand.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist and Yi Wei Puan beated their Myanmar rivals, Min Sithu Tun and Pauk Sa 3 - 1 in the final to settle with a gold medal in the event.

Previously, the Philippines’ Johann Chua won 9-2 against Aloysius Yapp from Singapore in an exciting semifinal of the men’s 10-ball pool to advance to the next round.

Vietnam secure another gold in women’s kumite team

Four Vietnamese girls took the women’s kumite team gold on May 20, also the last competition day of karate at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31).

Ho Thi Thu Hien, Hoang Thi My Tam, Nguyen Ngoc Ngoan and Trang Cam Lanh won the gold during a match in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

Indonesia bagged the silver, and Malaysia pocketed the bronze in this category.

Vietnamese athletes also won bronzes in the men’s kata team event and the men’s kumite team category.

In the men’s kata team, Indonesia brought home the gold, while Thailand fetched the silver.

The men’s kumite team gold went to Malaysia, the silver came to Indonesia, and the bronze was earned by Thailand.

After three days of competition, Vietnam swept seven out of 15 golds, surpassing the target of four gold medals in the sport.

Vietnamese weightlifter wins gold in women's 59kg category

Vietnamese weightlifter Hoang Thi Duyen clinched the gold in the women’s 59kg category at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) on May 20.

The 26-year-old athlete succeeded in a 96kg snatch and broke her own record of 95kg set at SEA Games 30 which took place in the Philippines in 2019.
 
In the clean and jerk event, Duyen succeeded with 108kg after three times, raising her total lift to 204kg and successfully defending her SEA Games title right on the home ground.

The silver medal in the women’s 59kg category went to Sirikaew Pimsiri of Thailand with a total lift of 196kg, while the bronze was earned by Myanmar’s Ta Boe Yar Naw with a total lift of 191kg.

After two days of competition, host Vietnam bagged two golds, two silvers and two bronzes, fulfilling their gold target set for the Games.

Pham Thi Hong Thanh will be another “gold hopeful” for Vietnam at SEA Games, which will continue until May 22. Thanh will compete in the women’s 64kg category.

Two more judo golds for Vietnam

Vietnamese judo fighters had a successful day on May 20 as the team bagged two gold and one silver medals on the third day of SEA Games 31.

Chu Duc Thang Dat championed the men’s 60kg after convincingly defeating Lao opponent Sithisane Soukphaxay in the final held at Hanoi’s Hoai Duc Gymnasium. 

Dat told reporters after the competition that he is happy to bring glory to his nation, for the coaching board, his team and family. 

It is the first gold medal he has ever won, he said, adding that SEA Games 31 is also the first international tournament he has competed in. 

The other gold went to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy who claimed a victory over the Philippines’ Pabulayan Khrizzie in the final of the women’s 52kg. Thuy cried tears of joy as she was declared the winner.

Truong Hoang Phuc was outlasted by Nakano Shugen from the Philippines in the men’s 66kg, receiving a silver.

Head coach Nguyen Duy Khanh said his team is pinning higher hopes on the May 21 bouts.

The men’s 55kg, and women’s 45kg and 48kg events will be held on May 21.

Vietnam ranks first in xiangqi at SEA Games 31

Vietnam's Le Thi Kim Loan outperformed Malaysia’s Xin Ru Jee in the final of the women’s xiangqi (Chinese chess) standard singles in the northern province of Quang Ninh on May 20, securing another gold medal for Vietnam at SEA Games 31.

Loan's teammate, Nguyen Hoang Yen, and Ngo Lan Huong from Singapore, both clinched the bronze medal in the event.

Beating Vietnamese player Dang Cuu Tung Lan, Singapore’s Alvin Tsung Han Woo triumphed in the men’s standard singles. Yu Huat Tan and Sze Hien Fang, both of Malaysia, shared the bronze.

Xiangqi competitions have wrapped up on the same day, with the Vietnamese team topping the medal tally, claiming three golds in total.

Vietnam claims fifth gold shooting medal

Phi Thanh Thao won the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions on May 20, securing the fifth gold medal for the Vietnamese shooting team at the ongoing SEA Games 31.

Thao scored 451.1 points, followed by Thailand’s Plengsaengthong Ratchadaporn with 444.0 points and Veloso Martina Lindsay from Singapore with 435.0 points.

Trinh Thu Vinh scored 214.1 points in the women’s 10m air pistol to win a bronze medal. The gold went to Malaysian shooter Mohd Arifin with 220.3 points and the silver to Thailand’s Prucksakorn with 219.0 points.

Thao, Vinh and their teammate Bui Thuy Thu Thuy also won a silver in the women’s 10m air pistol team event with a combined score of 1,695 points. Singapore claimed gold while Thailand received bronze.

Vietnam has so far pocketed five gold, four silver and one bronze medal in shooting at the regional event, making it the current leader of the sport.

The Vietnamese shooters are aiming to win up to seven gold medals this year.

Vietnamese included in Korean school’s career counseling for students
 
Vietnamese has been included in Myeonmok High School’s curriculum as a second foreign language since April 2019.

With the employment of two Vietnamese-language teachers who have high capacity and deep understanding of the Korean culture, Myeonmok has held weekly meetings with all of its teachers to improve their knowledge of Vietnam and help students shape their vision.

Through these events, teachers have become more familiar with the language while more students have chosen to learn Vietnamese and paid attention to the country, according to the principal.

Vietnam hope to rule finswimming events

Vietnam’s finswiming pioneers are aiming to claim 6-8 out of the 13 gold medals on offer at the ongoing 31st Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games 31).

When the sport was introduced at the 2003 SEA Games, Vietnam as the host swept 13 out of the 16 golds at stake, while in Laos 2009 and Indonesia 2011 took four and six golds, respectively.

Besides Thailand and the Philippines, Indonesia is growing stronger in the sport with many talented athletes, whose stats are on par with Vietnam’s top finswimmers in some categories.

According to coach of the Vietnamese finswimming team Hoang Quoc Binh, Vietnam ranks first in the sport in not only Southeast Asia but also Asia.

Binh said that Vietnam has prolific and talented finswimmers who have gained great achievements in regional and global arenas.

Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines will be Vietnam's main opponents in the sport at SEA Games 31, he said, expressing his belief that Vietnamese finswimmers can defeat their opponents.

Finswimmers like Nguyen Thanh Loc, Phan Duc Toan, Pham Thi Thu and Nguyen Thi Hang will be the hopes of Vietnam at SEA Games 31.

This year’s event will take place at the Hanoi-based My Dinh Water Sports Palace from May 21-22.

Indonesia, Thailand triumph in men’s, women’s beach volleyball

Indonesia claimed a gold medal in the men’s beach volleyball at SEA Games 31 after defeating Thailand 2 - 0 in the finals held in the northern province of Quang Ninh on May 20.

Thailand, meanwhile, successfully defended their title in the women’s beach volleyball, following their 2 - 0 win over Indonesia.

The Philippines bagged bronze in both events.
SEA Games 31, themed “For a Stronger South East Asia”, is being held in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring provinces and cities until May 23.

It features 40 sports with 523 events, attracting around 10,000 participants. The biennial event was initially slated for late 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian rowers win gold

Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Huong grabbed a gold medal in the women’s 500m canoeing singles at SEA Games 31 on May 20.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 500m doubles, Vietnam claimed a bronze. Thai rowers secured a gold, and Indonesian athletes earned a silver.

Vietnam fetched a silver in the women’s 500m kayak doubles. The gold medal went to Indonesia.

The canoeing/kayak competitions will continue in the northern port city of Hai Phong on May 21.

SEA Games 31, themed “For a Stronger Southeast Asia”, features 40 sports with 523 events. The biennial event was initially slated for late 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Games will run until May 23.

Vietnamese wrestler retires in his prime
 
In Southeast Asia’s wrestling scene, Ha Van Hieu is considered a “giant” because of his height of 1.92 metres and literal heavyweight status. With good physical strength and considerable experience, the 36-year-old won victory over many rivals.

As a professional wrestler who has experienced both highs and lows, Hieu knew what to do at the age of 36.

Five years ago, he played the role of a blind father in the film “Cha cong con” (Father and son), and received positive reviews from movie-goers and critics. When he said he would bid farewell to his wrestling career, many thought he would delve deeper into film.

With his achievements over the past 20 years, Hieu truly is a legend of wrestling in Vietnam. He will continue to be devoted to the sport, by passing on his wisdom and experience to young up-and-comers.

Korean media congratulates coach Park Hang-seo, Vietnamese players

Men's football at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) does not only attract the attention of Southeast Asian audiences but also fans of the Republic of Korea (RoK).

This is understandable because there are two Korean coaches participating in this tournament. They are coach Park Hang-seo of U23 Vietnam and coach Shin Tae-yong of U23 Indonesia.

Immediately after U23 Vietnam defeated U23 Malaysia in the semifinal match and won the ticket to play in the final, the Korean press congratulated coach Park and expressed regret when coach Shin's team couldn't advance into the final.

Sport Seoul newspaper published an article with an opening sentence: "In the end, only the 'Original Hallyu' can smile". This is a statement full of hidden meanings. The author of the article, reporter Jung Da Woo, implicitly appreciates the 65-year-old strategist who is the motivator of the trend of hiring Korean coaches in Southeast Asia since 2018 and has brought many positive changes to regional football.
           
Coach Park and his players won when they got ticket to the final match against U23 Thailand, while coach Shin’s squad has stopped in the semi-finals and will compete for the bronze medal in a match against U23 Malaysia.

The same day, Chosun daily expressed regret when U23 Indonesia team of Shin Tae-yong lose to U23 Thailand. According to the newspaper, "the dream final match between two Korean coaches, Park Hang-seo and Shin Tae Yong, has disappeared". Now, only U23 Vietnam play U23 Thailand in the final match.

Filipino e-Sports team defeat Indonesia in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang final

The eSports team of the Philippines secured a gold medal after defeating their Indonesian rivals in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang final match at SEA Games 31 on May 20.

Filipino eSports players had a fairly simple victory against their opponent in the first game of the match.

However, with reasonable tactics and great efforts, the Indonesian team quickly turned the tide in the 2nd game with a score of 18-10.

The third game was quite "balanced", but the Philippines still beat Indonesia.

Filipino players started the 4th game much more confidently and comfortably than their opponents because of the advantage of points. They easily defeated Indonesia in this match.

With a quick victory in the 4th game, the Philippine eSports team finally won 3-1 over Indonesia.

Previously, on May 19 evening, Singaporean eSports players defeated Malaysia with a score of 2-1, getting a bronze medal.

U23 Thailand receive big bonus after beating Indonesia

Thailand’s U23 team has been awarded a bonus after making it to the final of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), said Nualphan Lamsam, manager of the men's U23 team of Thailand.

Thailand secured their place in the final by defeating Indonesia 1-0 in an intense match on May 19. The team will play U23 Vietnam who also secured a 1-0 victory over Malaysia.

Nualphan said Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn watched the match at Thien Truong Stadium.

Impressed with their efforts, he decided to award 1 million THB (about 29,000 USD) as a bonus.

Earlier, Nualphan pledged to give a 5-million THB bonus to players if they win the gold at the Games, which does not include a bonus from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

According to SAT, athletes who win gold, silver and bronze medals at SEA Games 31 will be awarded 300,000 THB, 150,000 THB and 75,000 THB, respectively.

The final will take place on May 22 at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.

Vietnamese pair pocket bronze in men’s tennis doubles

Vietnam’s Trinh Linh Giang and Pham Minh Tuan secured bronze in the men’s tennis doubles at SEA Games 31 on May 20.

They lost in the semifinal in Bac Ninh province 4-6, 2-6 to Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey of the Philippines.

Vietnam’s tennis hopes now lie on Le Quoc Khanh, Nguyen Van Phuong, Ly Hoang Nam and Trinh Linh Giang.

Khanh and Phuong will face Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon of the Philippines in the other men’s doubles semifinals. Meanwhile, Nam and Giang will face Thai and Lao rivals in the men’s singles semifinals.

Vietnamese weightlifter bags bronze medal in men’s 61kg

 Vietnamese weightlifter Nguyen Ngoc Trung brought home the bronze medal in the men’s 61kg category of the ongoing SEA Games 31 on May 20.
He pulled a snatch of 132kg and a clean jerk of 154kg, registering a total of 286kg.

Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia gained a total 290kg to win gold and Aznit Bin Bidin Muhamad of Malaysia secured the silver medal with 287kg.

On May 20, Vietnamese weightlifters Nguyen Thu Hien and Hoang Thi Duyen will compete at the women’s 55kg and 59kg, respectively, while Dinh Xuan Hoang is to represent Vietnam at the men’s 67kg.

Vietnam targets two gold medals in weightlifting of SEA Games 31.

Host Vietnam pocket new gold medals in individual blitz chess

Vietnamese players Le Tuan Minh and Pham Le Thao Nguyen bagged golds in the men’s and women’s individual blitz chess at the ongoing SEA Games 31 on May 20.

Minh topped the event by surpassing another veteran Vietnamese chess player Le Quang Liem after two intense matches. This is Minh's first gold medal since he started the chess career.

As a result, Liem secured the silver medal; and the bronze medals went to Tin Jingyao of Singapore and Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Nguyen stepped on the highest podium after defeating Indonesian player Sihite Chelsie Monica Ignesias in women's individual blitz chess. Frayna Janelle Mae of the Philippines and Gong Qianyun of Singapore each obtained a bronze medal.

Both events saw the participation of 24 players from seven nations – host Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand.

To date, Vietnam have earned six gold medals, one more than the set target, in chess competitions at SEA Games 31.

Thai cyclist tops men's time trial finals

The finals of the men's and women’s time trial events of cycling at the ongoing SEA Games 31 took place on May 20 in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh.

In the men’s time trial, Chawchiang Kwang Peerapol of Thailand secured the gold medal while Cahyadi Aiman of Indonesia and Rosly Muhammad Nur Aiman of Malaysia bagged the silver and bronze.

Piriatna Delia Ayustina of Indonesia triumphed in the women’s category, followed by Luo Yiweei of Singapore and Somrat Phetdarin of Thailand.

Lam Thi Kim Ngan of host Vietnam finished eighth in the women’s event, while Nguyen Truong Tai came fifth and Nguyen Tuan Vu came eighth in the men’s event.

Cyclists are set to compete in the finals of the men’s road race on May 21.

Vietnamese tennis player win bronze in women’s singles

Vietnamese tennis player Chanelle Van Nguyen on May 20 bagged the bronze medal in the women’s singles of the ongoing SEA Games 31.

The No.1 seed was defeated in straight sets by her Thai opponent Anchisa Chanta in the semi-final held at the Hanaka Ocean Park tennis court complex in the northern province of Bac Ninh.

On the day, Vietnamese pairs will play their Philippine rivals in the men’s doubles.

Pham Minh Tuan and Trinh Linh Giang will face Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey, while Le Quoc Khanh and Nguyen Van Phuong face Francis Casey Alcantara and Jenson Patrombon.

Ly Hoang Nam and Giang are to play in the semi-finals of the men’s singles on May 21.

SEA Games 31, themed “For a Stronger South East Asia”, is being held in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring provinces and cities until May 23.

It features 40 sports with 523 events, attracting around 10,000 participants. The biennial event was initially slated for late 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thai players advance to women's table tennis final

Suthasini Sawettabut and Orawan Paranang of Thailand won their semi-final matches of the SEA Games 31 women's table tennis single event on March 20 to enter the upcoming final.

In her match, Suthasini won 4-0 against Ho Ying of Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Orawan secured the last ticket to the final by defeating Zeng Jian of Singapore 4-3.

On the afternoon of May 20, in the men’s single event, Vietnamese players Nguyen Anh Tu and Nguyen Duc Tuan are scheduled play semi-finals against their rivals from Thailand and Singapore.

In the semi-finals and finals of the men's singles and women's singles, athletes are set to compete in seven sets. A player winning four out of the seven will win the match.

Singaporean sets record in men’s 50m freestyle swimming

Singapore’s Teong Tzen Wei on May 19 set a record in Southeast Asia in the men’s 50m freestyle swimming after finishing first at a time of 21.93 seconds at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in Vietnam’s Hanoi capital.

Earlier, Teong also broke the SEA Games record in the men’s 50m butterfly.

On the last competition day of swimming at SEA Games 31 – May 19, Singapore secured four gold medals, raising the total to 21. This result helped the country rank first in the medal table of the sport.

The country was followed by host Vietnam with 11 golds and Thailand with four golds.

Gold medal for Vietnam in men’s indoor handball

Vietnam has defeated Singapore in the second-leg match of the men’s indoor handball at SEA Game 31 to secure the gold medal.

At the end of the first half of their match on May 19, the Vietnamese team won 15-9 against Singapore.

Entering the second half, Vietnamese athletes took full advantage of their opportunities to end the match with a score of 34-19.

With this result, Vietnam won the absolute victory after three matches, hence the early gold. Meanwhile, Singapore will have to make great efforts in their upcoming match with Thailand, vying for the silver medal.

Earlier, with the 3rd win in a row, the Vietnamese women's indoor handball squad continued to firmly consolidate their No. 1 position in the rankings with a great chance to seize the gold medal. 

Competitions of the sport at SEA Games 31 see the participation of Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, who compete in two-legged tie format in both men’s and women’s events.

Thai weightlifter wins gold in women’s 49kg

With a total lift of 195kg, Thailand’s Khambao Surodchana won the gold medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event at SEA Games 31 on May 19.

As the strongest contender, Surodchana successfully lifted 88kg in the snatch and 107kg in the clean and jerk to top the category.

Pham Dinh Thi of Vietnam earned silver with a total lift of 183kg (80kg in the snatch and 103kg in the clean and jerk), which was much better than her performance at previous tournaments.

The bronze medal went to Amis Ramos Rosegie of the Philippines with 179kg in total.

Vietnamese archers win four silver, one bronze medals in total

Vietnamese archers have concluded their competitions at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) with four silver and one bronze medals.

On the last competition day on May 19, Le Phuong Thao failed to defeat her Singaporean rival and only won a silver medal in women’s single three-string bow event.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Hai Chau lost the bronze medal to Singaporean archer Madeleine Ong Xue Li in the same event.

In the men’s single three-string bow event, Nguyen Van Day returned empty-handed after losing to his Malaysian competitor.

At the same time, in the mixed team compound event, Tran Trung Hieu and Nguyen Thi Hai Chau could not bring home the bronze medal.

World Vovinam Federation official speaks highly of Vietnam’s SEA Games 31 organisation

Vice Chairman of the World Vovinam (Vietnamese martial arts) Federation and Chairman of the African Vovinam Federation Mohammed Djouadj has expressed his impression with Vietnam’s organisation of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), to which he is invited to serve as an international supervisor of the sport at the Games.

After two days of competition, Djouadj said that, in addition to Vietnamese martial artists, the skills of those from other Southeast Asian countries have improved remarkably, with no big difference in levels any more.

He added that Vovinam is currently developing strongly in many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and America such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Algeria, and Senegal. In some nations, Vovinam has occupied even a more important position than other martial arts. The appearance of Vovinam Federations in continents has contributed to bringing the martial arts to a new height, and promoting its image to many countries around the world.

According to Djouadj, when visiting Hanoi, he saw that the Vietnamese Government has done its best to have the successful SEA Games so as to improve the image of Vietnam in the region and the world.

He also said he can feel the warm atmosphere at Hanoi’s Soc Son Gymnasium where audiences cheer martial artists of not only the host but also other countries.

Vietnam clinch silver in women’s triples of petanque

Vietnam bagged the silver medal in the women’s triples of petanque at the ongoing SEA Games 31 on May 19, the last competition day of the sport.

Cambodia won the gold after beating the hosts 13-11 at the final, while Laos and Thailand claimed the bronze medal.

Thailand were gold medallists in the men’s triples event, after a 13-1 victory over Cambodia at the final.

The Vietnamese petanque team brought home one gold, three silver and three bronze medals at SEA Games 31.

Thailand, Malaysia top golf individual, team events

Thai and Malaysian players have won gold medals in different golf competitions within the ongoing SEA Games 31.

In the women's team event, Thailand was placed first, followed Malaysia and the Philippines.

In the men's team event, Malaysia earned the gold medal, with Thailand bagging silver and Indonesia bronze.

In the men’s individual, Ervin Chang of Malaysia took the lead, with the silver and bronze medals presented to Amadeus Susanto Christian of Indonesia and Weerawish Narkprachar of Thailand, respectively.

In the women’s individual, Thai golfer Natthakritta Vongtaveelap won the gold medal. Aloysa Mabutas Margiela Atienza of Singapore came second and Jeneath Wong of Malaysia third.

SEA Games 31golf competitions took place in the northern province of Vinh Phuc from May 13-18 with the participation of 55 players from nine countries. Host Vietnam sent seven athletes to the events.

Vietnam exceeds gold medal target in taekwondo

Pham Thi Thu Hien secured one more gold medal for the Vietnamese taekwondo team in the final of the women’s under-62kg Kyorugi event at the ongoing 31st SEA Games on May 19.

Sasikarn Tongchan of Thailand got the silver in the event.

In other competitions the same day, Pham Minh Bao Kha of Vietnam won one silver medal in the men’s 80kg Kyorugi event, while Vu Thi Dung brought home a bronze medal in the women’s 49kg category.   

After the four day of competition at SEA Games 31, Vietnamese taekwondo athletes pocketed nine gold medals, far exceeding the target.

Philippines, Singapore earn gold in bowling

Philippine and Singaporean teams, surpassing those from five other regional countries, have topped the men's and women’s four bowling events at the ongoing SEA Games 31, respectively.

On May 19, the Philippine players obtained 5,275 points for a gold medal in the men’s four competition, with the silver and bronze medals presented to their Malaysian and Singapore rivals.

On the same day, the women’s four event saw an outstanding performance of the Singaporean gold medalist team, who secured 5,059 points in total. Players of Malaysia and Indonesia respectively earned 4,951 and 4,843 points for the second and third places.

Singapore was the most successful nation in four-day competition of the sport, winning gold medals in all three women’s events, one silver in the men’s doubles, and three bronze in women’s singles, men’s doubles, and men’s four.
 
Vietnam exceeds gold medal target in taekwondo

Pham Thi Thu Hien secured one more gold medal for the Vietnamese taekwondo team in the final of the women’s under-62kg Kyorugi event at the ongoing 31st SEA Games on May 19.

Sasikarn Tongchan of Thailand got the silver in the event.

In other competitions the same day, Pham Minh Bao Kha of Vietnam won one silver medal in the men’s 80kg Kyorugi event, while Vu Thi Dung brought home a bronze medal in the women’s 49kg category.   

After the four day of competition at SEA Games 31, Vietnamese taekwondo athletes pocketed nine gold medals, far exceeding the target.

Source: VNA/VOV/VNS/VNN

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