New records, outstanding athletes of SEA Games 31
A total of 22 new records were set at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) which concluded with a colourful ceremony in Hanoi on May 23 night.
At the closing ceremony of SEA Games 31 (Photo: VNA)
Of the records, 11 were set by Vietnamese athletes, including swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang in the 400m freestyle and runner Nguyen Thi Oanh in the women’s 3,000m hurdles.
AFP ran an article highlighting new records made at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), which concluded in Vietnam on May 23.
The article, published the same day, said nearly 5,000 athletes from 11 countries fought for Southeast Asian pride, with hosts Vietnam easily topping the medals table with 205 gold, followed by Thailand and Indonesia.
Singapore emerged again as SEA swimming kings with 21 golds in the pool. Meanwhile, Malaysia swept all eight golds in the diving, in what was a generally disappointing Games for the country, coming a lowly sixth in the medals table with 39 golds.
Timor Leste won three silver and two bronze medals to prop up the table, the article said.
Stars of the future were made and bolstered their already global reputation.
Thailand’s 16-year-old Puripol Boonson shattered the 200m Games record and also clinched the 100m gold as he became the region's new sprint king on the track.
Reigning Olympic champions Panipak Wongpattanakit from Thailand defended her taekwondo crown, as did Filipino Hidilyn Diaz in the women's weightlifting.
A national hero in the Philippines, Diaz is already eyeing the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Organisers nominated Nguyen Huy Hoang, Nguyen Thi Oanh, and Singapore’s Quah Jing Wen (swimming) and Thailand’s Joshua Robert Atkinson (athletics) as the Games’ top competitors.
The article cited Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh as saying at the closing ceremony that "The torch of peace and development in Southeast Asia will continue to shine".
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Assistant to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang says journalism not only means reporting information, but it also has the function of leading public opinion.
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A high-ranking delegation of the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam led by NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Budapest on June 25 afternoon (local time), beginning an official visit to Hungary.
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