Vietnam enjoys a successful ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia

Monday, 2017-09-25 17:29:58
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Vietnamese swimmer Vo Thanh Tung (centre) wins three gold medals and breaks three records at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games.
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NDO – The Vietnamese contingent settled for fourth place overall at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 17 to 23, bringing home a total of 161 medals, including 40 golds, 61 silvers and 60 bronzes.

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The biennial Games for people with physical deformities saw Vietnam represented by 142 athletes in eight of the 16 sports, including swimming, athletics, powerlifting, chess, badminton, Boccia, table tennis and football for the visually impaired.

The number of Vietnamese competitors in Kuala Lumpur was at a modest level, equivalent to just 42.5%, 48% and 72% of the teams sent by Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, respectively.

Athletics and swimming were Vietnam’s “gold mines” with 17 and 15 gold medals each, which demonstrated Vietnamese sport’s righteous policy of pouring adequate investment into the key Paralympic sports.

The country’s remaining eight titles were won in chess and powerlifting, with four each.

Despite only participating in a half of the total sports at the Games (eight out of 16), Vietnamese athletes broke 11 Para Games records, with top swimmer Vo Thanh Tung smashing three Games records in the men’s 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle S5 events. Another swimmer, Trinh Thi Bich Nhu, also surpassed two records in the “blue race”.

The athletes who broke one record each included Le Van Cong (men’s 49kg), Nguyen Binh An (men’s 54kg), Dang Thi Linh Phuong (women’s 50kg) and Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan (women’s 55kg) in powerlifting; Vi Thi Hang in swimming; and Le Van Manh in track and field.

Indonesia showed their thorough preparations for the 2018 Asian Para Games, which will be hosted in the country, by topping the overall medal tally with 126 golds, 58 titles more than the number secured by Thailand in Singapore two years ago. Meanwhile, thanks to their home advantage, Malaysia settled for second place with 90 gold medals, far surpassing their 52-gold collection achieved in the previous Games.