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VietNamNet Bridge – Taekwondo artist Nguyen Thi Le Kim won a gold medal in the women’s individual poomsae (performance) event at Summer Universiade, the world student Games, underway in Chinese Taipei, on Sunday. Taekwondo artist Nguyen Thi Le Kim poses with her gold medal and the Summer Universiade mascot on Sunday. — Photo facebook Nguyen Thanh Huy Kim’s outstanding performance won her 8.100 points for the first pattern and 7.465 for the second one with music. Lin Kan-yu of the hosts came second, while American Adalis Munoz and Iranian Fatemeh Hesam shared the third place. Kim, 24, is a student of Ton Duc Thang University in HCM City. A member of the national team for years now, she has grabbed many international medals, including a silver at the world championship, and golds at the world military taekwondo tournament and the SEA Games. Earlier, her teammate Hua Van Huy came ninth in the men’s individual poomsae. On Monday, Viet Nam’s taekwondo athletes will compete in the men’s and women’s team poomsae and mixed doubles poomsae. Kim and her teammates will leave for the SEA Games in Malaysia after the Summer Universiade wraps up. The taekwondo events at SEA Games begins from August 24. The other sports that Viet Nam is competing in at Chinese Taipei are athletics, wushu and gymnastics, which will continue till August 30. The Universiade, organised every two years, is the ultimate event for university athletes worldwide. It is one of the highest-profile international sporting events, second only…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnamese top swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien on August 21 won a gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke category for the first time at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games 29) in Malaysia. >>> Fencer secures Vietnam seventh gold medal in Kuala Lumpur This is the first time “Little mermaid” Vien has grasped a gold in this event. Minutes earlier, she failed to get a positive result in the women’s 200m butterfly category, which is her strength. The 100 m backstroke is not the strength of Vietnamese swimmer in SEA Games. Legendary Singapore’s Tao Li dominated the category for long in the last six SEA Games. Tao Li defeated Vien in both SEA Games 2011 and 2013. In SEA Games 2015, Vien even did not compete in the event as Tao Li was still there. The opportunity only came for Vien in Malaysia this year when Tao Li did not attend this category. The Vietnamese came in first with a time of 1:01.89, leaving second place Nurul Fajar Fitriyati from Indonesia far behind with 1:04.10. Anh Vien's result also surpassed the SEA Games record set by Tao Li with 1:02.11. This is her first gold medal at the 29th SEA Games. Previously, the 1996 born was unexpectedly defeated in the women’s 200m butterfly finale. She competed unsuccessfully and finished in fourth place with a time of 2:16.61, less than her result qualifying round. Vien was the reigning champion in this content.…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Archer Chu Duc Anh secured a gold medal in the men's recurve (one-stringed bow) for Vietnam at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Archer Chu Duc Anh (Photo: thethao.tuoitre.vn) Anh defeated Khairul Anuar Mohamad from the host country of Malaysia 6 – 2 on August 20. Bui Truong Giang, head of Vietnam’s archery division, called Anh’s gold medal a very special one.   Earlier, archers Nguyen Tien Cuong and Chau Kieu Oanh grabbed a bronze medal at the mixed team compound. Chau Kieu Oanh won a silver medal in the women’s individual compound event, the first medal for Vietnam at the largest regional sport event. The trio Chau Kieu Oanh, Le Ngoc Huyen and Nguyen Thi Nhat Le pocketed another silver for Vietnam in the women’s team compound category. Ten archery categories are featured at the Games, consisting of individual recurve (men and women), recurve team (men, women and mix), individual compound (men and women) and compound team (men, women and mix). Vietnam sent more than 470 athletes to compete at the Games in Malaysia from August 19-30. They are scheduled to take part in 32 out of 38 sports and meet about 6,000 athletes from 10 other countries in the region. Source: VNA related news SEA Games 29: Archers win another medal for Vietnam Vietnamese archers break SEA Games’ record... [read more]

NDO – Fencer Vu Thanh An beat Thai competitor Srinualnad, with a score of 15-6 in the men’s sabre final on the afternoon of August 21, bringing home the seventh gold medal for Vietnam at the ongoing 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. >>> Vietnam wins two additional gold medals in wushu, cycling An overwhelmed his opponent throughout the whole match, leading 8-3 and 13-6, before finishing victorious and successfully defending the title that he won in Singapore two years ago. “As the flag bearer for the Vietnam sport delegation, I would not be deserving of that honour if I were to miss out on gold. This victory has helped to lift the pressure off me,” An stated, whilst being questioned on his newly obtained achievement. In addition to An’s success, the fencing team also added a bronze to Vietnam’s medal tally, with Xuan Loi failing to advance through the men’s sabre semifinals. Wushu artist Quoc Khanh had to settle for a silver medal after scoring 9.66 points in both the men’s nandao and nangun events, behind the Myanmar gold medalist, who scored 9.67 points in each contest. Earlier in the morning, Duong Thuy Vi and Nguyen Thi That brought home the fifth and sixth gold medals for Vietnam in the women’s qiangshu event (wushu) and the women’s criterium category (cycling), respectively. As of 5pm today, Vietnam has won a total of seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Dozens of quan ho (love duets) artistes in Bac Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Boat music: Quan Ho performances on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province.  Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Tran Quang Nam, director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said quan ho has different sub-genres, including hat chuc, hat mung (literally means greeting singing); hat tho or ritual singing; hat canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s quan ho group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hat hoi or festival singing. “In hat hoi, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the quan ho boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bac Ninh Province for centuries. “We expect that the quan ho boat performance every Saturday night will be a meaningful cultural activity, helping introduce and promote further…... [read more]

The win helps the team have a go to the event title. Earlier, they also beat the Philippines 3-0. Vietnam’s head coach Mai Duc Chung said the key to victory was the calm display by the team. “We played calmly. When our rivals leveled the score at 1-1, we were still very composed,” Chung said, adding the match was tense but both sides played fairly. Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy celebrates goal scoring in the match between Vietnam and Myanmar at SEA Games 29  Meanwhile, coach Reijners Roger Johannes Joseph Hu of Myanmar said he was unsatisfied with the result. “I am very disappointed with the result and the performance of Myanmar in this game,” he said. With this result, it will be difficult for Myanmar to win a gold medal, he added. Although Myanmar is considered stronger in the region, Vietnam still played confidently. In the 18th minute, taking full advantage of Myanmar’s weak defense line, Pham Hai Yen opened the score for Vietnam. The early gold helped the team dominate the march in the first half. However, they did not score any more goals. After the break, Myanmar attacked continuously to seek goals, and Win Theingi Tun leveled the score 1-1 in the 58th minute. In the 72th minute, Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy raised the score to 2-1 for her team. From a quick throw-in, Huynh Nhu scored one more goal in the…... [read more]

Quan Ho performances on the Nguy​en Phi ​Y Lan Lake in B​ac Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province. (Photo: VNA) Bac Ninh (VNA) – Dozens of Quan ho (love duets) artists in the northern province of Bac Ninh – the cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh city. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Tran Quang Nam, Director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said Quan ho has different sub-genres, including hat chuc, hat mung (literally means greeting singing); hat tho (ritual singing); hat canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s Quan họ group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hat hoi or festival singing. “In hat hoi, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the Quan ho boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bac Ninh province for centuries. “We expect that the Quan ho boat performance every Saturday night will be a meaningful cultural activity, helping introduce and further promote the unique art form to residents within…... [read more]

Archer Chu Duc Anh (Photo: thethao.tuoitre.vn) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Archer Chu Duc Anh secured a gold medal in the men's recurve (one-stringed bow) for Vietnam at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Anh defeated Khairul Anuar Mohamad from the host country of Malaysia 6 – 2 on August 20. Bui Truong Giang, head of Vietnam’s archery division, called Anh’s gold medal a very special one.  Earlier, archers Nguyen Tien Cuong and Chau Kieu Oanh grabbed a bronze medal at the mixed team compound. Chau Kieu Oanh won a silver medal in the women’s individual compound event, the first medal for Vietnam at the largest regional sport event. The trio Chau Kieu Oanh, Le Ngoc Huyen and Nguyen Thi Nhat Le pocketed another silver for Vietnam in the women’s team compound category. Ten archery categories are featured at the Games, consisting of individual recurve (men and women), recurve team (men, women and mix), individual compound (men and women) and compound team (men, women and mix). Vietnam sent more than 470 athletes to compete at the Games in Malaysia from August 19-30. They are scheduled to take part in 32 out of 38 sports and meet about 6,000 athletes from 10 other countries in the region.-VNA... [read more]

BARCELONA: Barcelona got their La Liga season off to a winning start on Sunday (Aug 20), beating Real Betis 2-0 at a emotional Camp Nou following a pair of terrorist attacks in Catalonia. Real Betis' forward Alex Alegria (left) vies with Barcelona's forward Gerard Deulofeu during the Spanish league football match. (LLUIS GENE/AFP) Twin vehicle attacks on Thursday killed 14 people and wounded around 120 in Barcelona's bustling Las Ramblas thoroughfare and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils. A minute's silence was held before kick-off, whilst Barcelona players wore black armbands and shirts with 'Barcelona' replacing individual names on the back. The decision for the match to go ahead with increased security measures put in place was part of a desire to "recover normality" in the words of Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont. A defiant attitude was on show in the stands, although in common with many matches against weaker opposition, the 99,000 capacity Camp Nou was far from full. After the attack some fans, especially tourists, returned their tickets, the club said without giving figures. "Their money was refunded to everyone, the circumstances are special and understandable," a club spokesman said. Fans in the Barca singing section borrowed a line from the club's anthem in a banner that read: "No one can ever break us," whilst chants of "we are not afraid" rang out after the minute's silence. "We can't live with fear, which is exactly the mentality that these situations normally cause and people don't want…... [read more]

SAARBRUCKEN, Germany: Estonia's Ott Tanak is targeting the overall WRC lead after winning the Germany Rally on Sunday (Aug 20) after fellow Ford Fiesta driver Sebastian Ogier took advantage of Thierry Neuville's withdrawal to top the standings. Ott Tanak of Estonia (right) and his co- driver Martin Jarveoja of Estonia celebrate with their trophies after they won during the WRC Germany. (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP) Tanak collected his second WRC victory, after winning the Italian Rally in June, with Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen in a Citroen C3 second. The win lifted him third overall behind new leader Ogier, and second-placed Neuville of Hyundai with three rallies left. "It's a great feeling," said the 29-year-old Tanak. "The start to the rally went perfectly and after that it was just about controlling our lead. Winning our first tarmac event feels cool. "With 25 points here I don't see any reason why we can't fight for the championship. We will keep fighting. We need to keep winning if we're going to win the championship." After 10 rounds, Ogier, third in Germany, leads with 177 points, Neuville, who crashed out in his Hyundai on Saturday with a mechanical failure, is second on 160 while Tanak is third on 144. Ogier, a four-time world champion, arrived in Germany level on points with Neuville and knew a cautious approach would give him the overall lead. "That was the…... [read more]




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