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VN fighter wins world Muaythai championship title seven times

 VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has made history by becoming the first Vietnamese fighter to win the world championship title seven times.

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has made history by becoming the first Vietnamese fighter to win the world championship title seven times.


Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat (left) and coach Giap Trung Thang at the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. — Photo provided by Giap Trung Thang

Nhat, on May 11 night, Ha Noi time, defeated rival Murat Arslam of Turkey to win the men’s 60kg category at the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

The 29-year-old faced no difficulty in dominating the game, beating Arslam 3-0 with his rapid and powerful bouts and kicks.

"I am happy, really happy. Thank you all, my coaches and my teammates who have been with me all along and encouraged me a lot," Nhat said after accepting his medal.

"Nhat was very calm and confident in the ring, with the attitude of an experienced athlete who has fought for many years, although his rival is bigger and taller, with long arm span. But Nhat did not worry at all. He attacked immediately and scored points with his kicks on Arslam’s legs. Early points lifted his spirit, while it made Arslam confused and he soon lost his concentration. Nhat then easily mastered all three rounds and won," coach Giap Trung Thang said.

Earlier, his teammate Le Hoang Duc beat Arifkhanov Bakytzhan of Kazkhastan to pocket his first-ever world title in the men’s 48kg class.

"It was a good match for both sides, but Duc was a little bit better. He threw accurate punches at crucial moments and overcame this huge rival," Thang said.

Thang was even more excited than his athletes.

"It is great. We won gold medals, two golds. It is the first time in many years of participation that Viet Nam have triumphed twice in a championship," Thang said.

"Previously, we had to strive hard but only won one gold. But this year, we made it, and we are worthy to be at the top. It has come as a surprise for me and for the whole team. Nhat and Duc were both outstanding today," he said laughing.

Viet Nam set a target of only one gold from the Belarus event.

Later this month, Nhat and Duc will participate in the national championship. They then leave for Thailand for a short-term training course as preparation for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia in August.

The SEA Games gold medal is the only significant medal that Nhat has not won in his career.


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