Weightlifter Tuan won bronze medals at world contest

Lifter Thach Kim Tuan.


Vietnamese weightlifting ace Thach Kim Tuan yesterdat won three bronze medals in his favourite 56kg event at the World Weightlifting Championship, which is taking place in Wroclaw, Poland.

Tuan won a bronze medal in the snatch category with a lift of 126kg. Chinese Long Qingquan claimed gold by lifting four kilograms more than Tuan. North Korea's Om Yun-Chol took silver with 127kg.

Tuan again finished third in the clean and jerk as he lifted 157kg, the same weight lifted by Long. However, the Chinese athlete ranked second due to his lighter body weight. Om finished first with 162kg.

The Vietnamese, overall, finished third with a total lift of 283kg. Om won gold with 289kg while Long took silver with 287kg.

Another Vietnamese in the same category, Olympian Tran Le Quoc Toan, performed below his best and finished in fourth place with a total lift of 278kg.

Chinese chess masters to compete for world titles

Three Vietnamese will compete at the World Xiangqi (Chinese chess) Championships which start today in Guangdong Province, China.

Masters Ton That Nhat Tan and Uong Duong Bac will compete in the men's individual for a jackpot of RNB50,000 (US$8,200) while Nguyen Hoang Yen is to take part in the women's individual with the champion winning RMB20,000.

The trio will then gather to participate in the men's team category.

At the 13th tournament, which will wrap up on October 27, there are also categories for non Chinese or Vietnamese masters.

Gia Lai win landmark volleyball title

Duc Long Gia Lai won their maiden volleyball title after defeating The Cong 3-1 in the final at the Bac Ninh Indoor Sports Stadium on Sunday night.

Despite starting the final as favourites, Gia Lai faced strong resistance from their opponents and only scraped through the first set 25-23.

The Cong fought back in the second set to win 25-21 and level the match. Gia Lai then recovered to easily claim the third set and restore their lead.

The Cong threw everything they had in the hope of getting back on equal terms, but it wasn't quite enough as they surrendered the set 25-22 to lose the match 3-1.

U21 Vietnam trounces Malaysia 5-1

Vietnam’s U21 team on October 21 had a convincing 5-1 win over defending champion Malaysia to enter the final round of the 7th International Football Tournament.

The tourney is being held in Ninh Thuan province under the sponsorship of Thanh Nien (Youth) newspaper.

Vietnam’s five goals were scored by Viet Phong, Van Quach Tan, Van Thanh, Van Thuan and Khac Ngoc, while Malaysia’s single goad was made by striker Mahinan.

The Vietnamese squad, led by coach Dinh Van Dung, will meet Sydney FC again in the final round.

The match is due to start at 6pm on October 23 at Ninh Thuan stadium.

U23 Vietnam to meet Thailand at Mekong football tourney

The Vietnamese squad is scheduled to meet Thailand at the 2013 Mekong Region U23 International Football Tournament (BIDC Cup), according to a draw held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on October 21.

This year’s event will involve six teams - Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand in Group A, and Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia in Group B.

The tourney will help regional footballers hone their professional skills and gain more experience in preparation of the 27th Southeast Asian Games due to take place in Myanmar later this year.

The best team will receive US$20,000, and the runner-up US$10,000 in cash.

The BIDC Cup, which is sponsored by the Bank for Investment and Development of Cambodia (BIDC) - a subsidiary of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), will be held in Phnom Penh from November 2-10.

An added bonus will be given to the Vietnamese and Cambodian squads if they are qualified for the final round.

Vietnam attends Asian Petanque Championship

Vietnamese athletes left for Indonesia on October 21 to attend the Asian Petanque Championship, which will start on October 24.

They will compete in shooting, men’s and women’s triple categories.

At the 16th Asian Petanque Championship held in Hanoi last December, Vietnam finished as runner-up with two gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

During the tournament, the Asia Petanque and Sports Boules Confederation will hold a meeting to elect the executive committee for the 2013 – 2016 tenure.

VN close in on last-four berth

Viet Nam have almost secured a berth in the semi-finals after demolishing the Philippines 10-1 in their Group B second match at the Southeast Asian Futsal Championships yesterday.

Captain Nguyen Bao Quan scored four goals, Van Vu, Quynh Toan and Tuan Vu each grabbed a double while Pasilan scored the only reply for the Filipinos.

The victory keeps Viet Nam second with six points, behind leaders Thailand on goal difference.

Last-years runners-up will now take on Brunei, the weakest team in the group, with a win guaranteeing them a place in the last four.

Source: VNS/VNA/VOV/Nhan Dan