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Việt Nam win three more bronzes in ASIAD

More medals: Gold medallist Uzbekistan’s Kumush Yuldashova (second, left), silver medallist Mongolia’s Otgon Munkhtsetseg (left) and bronze medallists Taiwan’s Yang Hsientzu (second right) and Viet Nam’s Nguyen Thi Lan pose during the awards ceremony for the women’s -78kg kurash event at the 2018 Asian Games yesterday. — AFP Photo
Viet Nam News

Asian Games

HA NOI — Viet Nam won three more bronze medals in athletics and kurash wrestling at the ongoing Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 in Indonesia Thursday.

Vu Thi Men leapt 13.93m in the women’s triple jump at her fourth attempt to take a bronze medal. The gold medal went to Rypakova Olga of Kazakhstan with 14.26m, while the silver medal belonged to Thailand’s Chuaimaroeng Parinya with the same result with Men of 13.93m but Parinya won as she achieved this result at her third attempt.

At the Southeast Asian Games last year, Men bagged a gold medal with the better result of 14.15m. She also leapt 13.11m to win gold in the fifth Asian Beach Games two years ago.

In the women’s 4 x 400m relay, Nguyen Thi Oanh, Nguyen Thi Hang, Hoang Thi Ngoc and Quach Thi Lan took bronze with a time of 3:33.23. India won gold with a time of 3:28:72, while silver medal went to Bahrain with a time of 3:30.61.

Viet Nam’s other bronze medal went to Nguyen Thi Lan in the women’s kurush under 73kg category, losing the semi-final to Mongolian Munkhtsetseg Otgon 0-10.

Kurash is similar to judo, but athletes focus more on the upper body of their rivals. The goal of the competitors is to throw their opponent off their feet. Action is allowed only in a standing position and only throws and leg sweeps can be used. Therefore, athletes who have strong hands will have more of an advantage than their rivals.

In the women’s 1,500m final category, Nguyen Thi Oanh missed out on a bronze after finishing fourth with a time of 4:15.49. Kalkidan Befkadu of Bahrain and her teammate Tigist Belay first two places, while Chitra Palakeezh Unnikrishnan of India finished third.

Jumping for joy: Vu Thi Men won a bronze medal in the women’s triple jump in the Asian Games in Indonesia yesterday. — Photo

Earlier, Oanh earned a bronze medal in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:43.83.

In the women’s 4x100m relay final, Le Tu Chinh, Le Thi Mong Tuyen, Luu Kim Phung and Ha Thi Thu finished seventh in a total time of 45.52sec. Gold went to Bahrain, silver to China and Kazakhstan took bronze.

Meanwhile, long-distance runner Nguyen Van Lai failed in the men’s 5,000m final as he ranked seventh with a time of 14:56.09. Two Bahrain runners took gold and silver.

Viet Nam have won four golds, 15 silvers and 16 bronzes to rank 15th in the medal tally.

According to Tran Duc Phan, head of Viet Nam sports delegation at the Games, Viet Nam team completed their goal with four goals including two Olympic sports: rowing and athletics.

“With four goals gained, Viet Nam has completed their goal in which Viet Nam would have at least one goal in Olympic sport. So far, we have two,” said Phan in the press conference in Indonesia yesterday.

“Besides, Viet Nam Olympic team has reached the semi-finals of men’s football category for the first time ever and they will play in the bronze-medal match with the United Arab Emirates on Saturday,” Phan said.

Although Viet Nam gained their target in the ASIAD, many key players such as female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien and male shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh were not successful, losing in the qualifying rounds.

Phan said this was because of psychology burden. After this event, sport leaders will discuss thoroughly to improve training plans to better their results. — VNS


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