Track and field athletes honoured for ASIAD 2018 achievements

Thursday, 2018-09-20 10:59:08
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Track and field athletes honoured for ASIAD 2018 achievements at a ceremony in Hanoi on September 19 (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The Vietnam Sports Administration (VSA) and the Vietnam Athletics Federation (VAF) held a ceremony in Hanoi on September 19, to commend and reward track and field athletes for the achievements they recorded at the recent Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD 2018).

At the event, VAF President, Hoang Ve Dung, said the Vietnamese athletics team excellently fulfilled their assigned tasks at the ASIAD 2018, with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals, while breaking three national records.

Vietnam was the only country in Southeast Asian to bag a gold medal in athletics at the event, he said, adding that this was also the first time Vietnam’s athletics had won a valuable gold medal in the long jump.

Dung expressed his wish that after the games, track and field coaches and athletes will continue to promote their unyielding combat spirit and improve their professional skills, towards high achievements at other sporting events at both home and abroad.

VSA deputy head, Tran Duc Phan, spoke highly of the Vietnamese athletics team’s ASIAD 2018 achievements, hoping that they will fulfill all targets set for 2018 and the following years as well as overcome all difficulties to gain higher attainments in the future.

With their achievements at ASIAD 2018, besides an amount of money they received in Indonesia right after pocketing the gold, the team will receive VND 370 million (US$15,800) from their sponsors.

Gold medallist, Bui Thi Thu Thao, got VND 200 million and US$ 1,000, while her coach Nguyen Manh Hieu was granted VND 50 million.