Vietnam triumphs at SEA age group swimming champs

Monday, 2017-11-13 05:31:27
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Vietnamese 15-year-old swimmer Nguyen Huu Kim Son (centre) on the medal podium. (Photo: BruSports News/Yee Chun Leong)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam topped the Southeast Asian (SEA) Age Group Swimming Championship, which concluded at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Brunei on November 12.

Vietnam earned a total of 51 gold medals, 27 silvers and 13 bronzes to take the lead in the medal tally.

On the last day of competition, Vietnamese swimmers bagged 19 gold medals, six silvers and six bronzes.

This year’s event attracted the participation of 235 swimmers from nine countries. They competed in three age groups of 13 and under, 14-15 and 16-18.

Vietnam sent a total of 27 swimmers to the three-day meet including 15 males and 12 females. The youngest member from the Vietnamese team was aged 13.

Notably, 15-year-old Nguyen Huu Kim Son set a new record with a time of 3:56.46s in the boys’ 14-15 400m freestyle, eclipsing the old time of 4:01.01s set by his compatriot Nguyen Huy Hoang in December 2015.

Son also made a new SEA Age Group record after clocking a time of 2:06.47s in the 200m medley category, surpassing a five-year record of 2:06.50s previously set by his compatriot Tran Duy Khoi in June 2012.

At the same event held last year, Vietnam also triumphed with 39 gold medals, 39 silvers and 27 bronzes.