Vietnamese lifters secured seven gold, five silver and four bronze medals at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on October 21 – the first day of competition.
Do Tu Tung on the top podium for gold medal (Photo of the organisers)
Four of the goldswere obtained by Do Tu Tung. The 15-year-old competed in both youth andjunior U55kg for boys.
Tung triumphed at theyouth level with three titles in snatch (109kg), clean and jerk (137kg) andtotal (246kg).
His results in thesnatch and total were tournament records. He was followed by two DPRK athletes.
His results were thesame in the junior level where he was against athletes at the age of 18-19.
Then he topped theclean and jerk to secure his fourth title. He was second in total and third insnatch.
In March, Tung competedin the World Youth and Junior Championships and earned three golds in the U49kgin the US.
In the girl's U45kgcategory for junior, Vietnamese Pham Dinh Thi won twice in the snatch(94kg) and total (165kg) and secured silver in the (71kg).
Her teammate Khong MyPhuong won the clean and jerk with a lift of 75kg. She also scored asilver in the total (161kg) and a bronze in the snatch (86kg).
Vietnam athletes alsotook two silvers and three bronzes in other categories on October 21.
In the followingdays, other Vietnamese athletes will compete for more titles,including Ly Quang Vinh and Bui Dinh Sang (boys' 61kg), Vo Thi Ngoc Thanh(girl's 49kg), Nguyen Thi Thuy Tien (girl's 55kg), and Lam Thi My Le (girl's64kg).
The Asianchampionship will be held until October 27 in Pyongyang. It has drawn athletesfrom 16 countries and territories.
Vietnam sent 22representatives seeking slots at the Youth Olympics in 2020 inSwitzerland./.VNA