SEA Games 29: Vietnam win more golds on August 27

Sunday, 2017-08-27 14:45:21
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Taekwondo athlete Ha Thi Nguyen wins the first gold medal of the day for Vietnam on August 27. (Credit: SN/vietnamnet.vn)
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NDO – The Vietnamese sports delegation momentarily rank third in the medal tally at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia, as of August 27, as more medals were won by athletes in Taekwondo, Judo, volleyball and futsal.

>>> SEA Games: Vietnam remain in second place

On Sunday, the Vietnamese team won two gold medals through Ha Thi Nguyen in Taekwondo and Tran Thi Nhu Y in Judo. These medals bring the total number of golds for Vietnam to 53, along with 38 silvers and 49 bronzes, thereby occupying third place on the medal table.

Nguyen beat Indonesian rival Shaleha Fitriana Yusuf 21-10 in the women’s Taekwondo 62kg discipline to pocket the first gold of the day for Vietnam.

Later, Nhu Y defeated Myanmar rival Aye Aye in the women’s under-78kg category in Judo and defended her gold medal that she won at 28th SEA Games.

Judo athlete Tran Thi Nhu Y beats her opponent Aye Aye from Myanmar in the women's under-78kg final to win the 53rd gold medal for Vietnam at SEA Games 29. (Credit: vietnamnet.vn)

Also in Taekwondo, Pham Thi Thu Hien brought home a silver medal in the women’s U-57kg category.

On the same day, Vietnamese female athletes won a silver medal in sepak takraw in the double’s event and another in futsal, in which they were beaten by their Thai rivals.

The Vietnamese men and women’s volleyball teams beat both the respective Philippines teams to secure two more bronzes.

In the men's singles quarter-finals, top Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh recorded a breath-taking 2-1(16-21, 21-17 and 21-18) victory against host player Iskandar Zulkarnain and also the No. 4 seeded, thereby earning a ticket to the semi-finals. Tien Minh's next opponent in the round for the top four is No. 1 seeded Jonathan Christie from Indonesia (ranked 22nd in the world).

Taking the lead in the medal tally are hosts Malaysia with 96 gold, 63 silver and 63 bronze medals. The Thai delegation had a strong breakthrough today to surpass Vietnam and occupy the second position after having won the same number of gold medals at 53, but with a higher number of silver and bronze (71 and 68 respectively).

In the remaining three days at SEA Games 29, Vietnam hopes to win more golds in Taekwondo, Pencak Silat, weightlifting and muay. The team are aiming for 49-59 gold medals to rank in the top three.

TRUNG HUNG