Vietnam's sepak takraw women’s team win bronze
VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam won a bronze in sepak takraw on August 25 morning, the first medal on day 6 of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia.
Viet Nam win a bronze in sepak takraw on August 25. — Photo TV screen shot
The women’s team won the bronze medal after losing 16-21, 18-21 to Myanmar in the semi-final of the sepak takraw’s quadrant event. Myanmar won the gold, while Indonesia took the silver.
In the past, Viet Nam used to be a powerhouse in sepak takraw, just behind Thailand. But in recent years, performance has slipped and Viet Nam have lost their position in the world as well as in the SEA Games.
In swimming, there is hope of Nguyen Thi Anh Vien winning a hat-trick today as she will take part in three finals.
The 20-year-old will first swim in the women’s 400m individual medley, her strong point; it has no qualification. The second event is the 200m breaststroke, in whose heats she timed 2:35.89. She is the defending champion and record holder in these two categories.
Vien will also contest in the 50m backstroke final; her time of 29.70sec put her at top place in the qualifier. Two years ago, in Singapore, she finished third after Tao Li and Shana Lim Jia Yi of Singapore, who are both absent this time in Malaysia. Nguyen Diep Phuong Tram will also vie for a medal in this event. She ranked No. 4 in the qualifier.
Nguyen Huu Kim Son qualified for the men’s 400m individual medley with a time of 4min 36.07sec, but his teammate Tran Duy Khoi failed at 4:49.65.
Hoang Quy Phuoc and Le Nguyen Paul also qualified for the men’s 50m freestyle, with Paul coming third (23.31sec) and Phuoc fifth (23.38) in the qualifier.
In basketball, the women’s squad were trounced 44-118 by the Philippines in the group round at the Malaysia Basketball Association Stadium.
In shooting, Phung Le Huyen and Nguyen Duy Hoang advanced to the final of the men’s three-position rifle. However, women shooters Nguyen Thi Xuan and Iwaki Ai failed to make it to the top three in the 10m air rifle event.
In table tennis, Viet Nam’s men’s team beat Cambodia 3-0 in the group round, topping Group B after three wins and earning a berth in the semi-finals. The women’s team lost 0-3 to Singapore and will next play Indonesia.
Today, track-and-field athletes will take part in many events. Viet Nam are expected to win in the women’s 5,000m, men’s 10,000m, men’s javelin and women’s long jump events.
Pencak silat and taekwondo competitions will also be held today. Martial arts are Viet Nam’s strong points in international competitions.
Meanwhile, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien sent a letter of congratulations to the Viet Nam SEA Games delegation this morning, expressing his happiness at the team’s success. On behalf of the ministry, Thien congratulated all athletes, especially those in gymnastics, karate, cycling, athletics, fencing, wushu, shooting and women’s football, and expressed hope that the team would continue performing well in the competition.