Vietnamese swimming towards another successful SEA Games

“We will adjust Vien’s competition categories when the Games begin. It depends on the schedule and real situation. The tournament rules allow us to reduce the competition categories of athletes, not increase them,” said Hung. At the 28th Games held in Singapore two years ago, Vien registered for 19 events. However, she only participated in 13 events to focus on her favorite races. Vien, 20, took home eight gold, one silver and one bronze medal to become one of the best performers at the 28th Games, behind only Singapore’s Joseph Isaac Schooling, who claimed gold in all nine disciplines he participated in. Top Vietnamese female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien  To prepare for the Games, Vien took part in the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Hungary but didn’t perform well. She failed in the qualifying round of her strong categories – the women’s 400m medley and 200m medley. However, Hung said Vien and other Vietnamese swimmers will not be focusing on the poor result. “Vien’s goal is the Games in Malaysia,” said Hung. “It is not easy to win gold medals in a tournament which has high competition such as the regional sport event. Coach Hoang Anh Tuan and Vien will have to calculate carefully to partake in the chosen divisions, not affecting physical fitness but still fulfilling the target,” Hung added. According to Nguyen Hong Minh, former Head of the National Sport Administration’s Elite Sport Department, Vien’s poor…... [read more]

Top Vietnamese female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien will compete in 10-12 categories with the aim of earning 8-10 gold medals at the upcoming 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, according to Dinh Viet Hung, general secretary of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association (VASA). “We will adjust Vien’s competition categories when the Games begin. It depends on the schedule and real situation. The tournament rules allow us to reduce the competition categories of athletes, not increase them,” said Hung. At the 28th Games held in Singapore two years ago, Vien registered for 19 events. However, she only participated in 13 events to focus on her favourite races. Vien, 20, took home eight gold, one silver and one bronze medal to become one of the best performers at the 28th Games, behind only Singapore’s Joseph Isaac Schooling, who claimed gold in all nine disciplines he participated in. To prepare for the Games, Vien took part in the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Hungary but didn’t perform well. She failed in the qualifying round of her strong categories – the women’s 400m medley and 200m medley. However, Hung said Vien and the other Vietnamese swimmers will not be focusing on the poor result. “Vien’s goal is the Games in Malaysia,” said Hung. “It is not easy to win gold medals in a tournament which has high competition such as the regional sport event. Coach Hoang Anh Tuan and Vien will have to calculate carefully to partake in the chosen divisions, not affecting physical…... [read more]

“We will adjust Vien’s competition categories when the Games begin. It depends on the schedule and real situation. The tournament rules allow us to reduce the competition categories of athletes, not increase them,” said Hung. At the 28th Games held in Singapore two years ago, Vien registered for 19 events. However, she only participated in 13 events to focus on her favourite races. Vien, 20, took home eight gold, one silver and one bronze medal to become one of the best performers at the 28th Games, behind only Singapore’s Joseph Isaac Schooling, who claimed gold in all nine disciplines he participated in. To prepare for the Games, Vien took part in the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Hungary but didn’t perform well. She failed in the qualifying round of her strong categories – the women’s 400m medley and 200m medley. However, Hung said Vien and the other Vietnamese swimmers will not be focusing on the poor result. “Vien’s goal is the Games in Malaysia,” said Hung. “It is not easy to win gold medals in a tournament which has high competition such as the regional sport event. Coach Hoang Anh Tuan and Vien will have to calculate carefully to partake in the chosen divisions, not affecting physical fitness but still fulfilling the target,” Hung added. According to Nguyen Hong Minh, former head of the National Sport Administration’s Elite Sport Department, Vien’s poor performance at the world event in Hungary doesn’t mean anything. “The event was…... [read more]

Vien, 16, came third in the women's 400m medley event on November 16 with a time of 4:48:23, faster than her best efforts at the 2012 London Olympics. It was Vietnam’s first bronze medal at the Asian Championships. Dinh Viet Hung, Secretary General of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association, said that Anh Vien is optimistic about achieving success at regional and international competitions as she continues to train at prestigious centres abroad. Vien was the only Vietnamese swimming representative who officially qualified for the 2012 Olympics. She won five gold medals at the 2011 Southeast Asian Championships and two silvers at the 2011 SEA Games.... [read more]

1. Vietnam wins right to host ASIAD 2019 The event is scheduled for late November and early December 2019. It is expected to attract nearly 11,000 coaches and athletes representing 45 Asian countries and territories and competing in 35 sports. 2. Women win 2012 AFF football champs The national football team defeated Myanmar in the final match of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship, claiming the 2012 title. This is the second time Vietnamese women have won the championship. They triumphed in all five of their matches in the tournament. 3. Four players to train with Arsenal Club Four of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL)-Arsenal JMG Academy’s first level trainees have been invited to train with Arsenal Club. They are Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Cong Phuong, Nguyen Tuan Anh, and Tran Huu Dong Trieu. All were born in 1995. The invitation is one of HAGL-Arsenal JMG Academy’s biggest successes to date. The academy, established in 2007, is the first of its kind in Vietnam to develop professional football. 4. Ha Thanh clinches gold in Asian champs With 14,700 points, she won Vietnam’s first-ever Asian vault gold at the fifth Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in China in November. Thanh also claimed a gold medal in the women’s vault at the 2012 Toyota International Gymnastics Competition organised in Japan. She scored 14,925 points. 5. Anh Khoi triumph in world chess tourney Young Vietnamese chess player Nguyen Anh Khoi beat his Russian rival in the final round, claiming the title at…... [read more]

As a nation, we should be thankful for the sports blessings that have been bestowed upon us, says Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Lam Quang Thanh. This year local youth attended the 17th Asian Games (ASIAD) in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and ranked 5th overall on the medal tally – after Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar. They won a treasure trove of 36 medals including won one gold, 10 silver and 25 bronze said Thanh, adding the athletes performed admirably and gained valuable experience, which is certain to benefit them in future competitions. It’s worth noting that the young competitors performed particularly well in swimming and weight-lifting, which bodes well for Vietnam’s future hopes of winning an Olympic medal in these events. At the competition, weightlifterThach Kim Tuan, 20, won a silver medal in the 56kg category and broke the Asian record in the jerk at 134kg. He also lifted 294 kg in the snatch. Earlier, Tuan laid claim to the world junior champion title with a total lift of 293kg. He also earned one gold and two silver medals at the world weight-lifting competition in Kazakhstan. In addition, Tuan was named ‘the Best Young Athlete of the Year’ by the International Weight-lifting Federation (IWF). Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, 18, set a milestone for Vietnamese swimming at ASIAD 17 when she swam to a bronze medal in the women's 400m individual medley event with a record setting time of 4min 39.45sec,…... [read more]

Vietnamese swimming superstar Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has arrived in the central province of Quang Ngai to encourage young people to take swimming lessons in a campaign to prevent drowning. Vietnamese swimming superstar Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has arrived in the central province of Quang Ngai to encourage young people to take swimming lessons in a campaign to prevent drowning. The campaign is run by the provincial People’s Committee to motivate local youths to sharpen their swimming skill in order to survive in the water. Vien’s presence is intended to inflame a passion for swimming in young people in the province, an official of the Quang Ngai administration stated, adding that about 4,000 people across Vietnam drown each year. One of the most tragic drownings happened on April 15 when nine six-graders at the local Nghia Ha Middle School lost their lives while swimming in a river. Swimming is an essential skill for people to protect themselves, Vien said during an interview, expressing her hope that she could help young people acquire the skill through the campaign. Upon her arrival in Quang Ngai on Wednesday morning, the top swimmer met with local students and shared her personal story during their casual and friendly conversations. Vien’s grandfather taught her how to swim when she was a little girl, the athlete said, adding she grew up in the countryside where there are many rivers and canals. Swimming is an effective and protective skill for young people, Vien stated, asserting that true passions…... [read more]

The six-member Team Vietnam has left the 2016 Asian Swimming Championships, which concluded on Sunday in Japan, with one gold and three bronze medals, all snatched by the country’s No.1 swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. The six-member Team Vietnam has left the 2016 Asian Swimming Championships, which concluded on Sunday in Japan, with one gold and three bronze medals, all snatched by the country’s No.1 swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. During the final competition day in Tokyo, Vien grabbed two bronze medals in the women’s 800m freestyle and 200m individual medley events, clocking 8:38.21 and 2:12.95, respectively. The 20-year-old swimmer had earlier secured the 400m individual medley gold by touching the wall at 4:37.71, breaking the championship's old record of 4:41.29, and later bagged the 200m freestyle bronze in a time of 1:59.31. Other Vietnamese athletes at the event were female swimmers Tran Ngoc Thi and Vu Thi Phuong Anh and male teammates Tran Duy Khoi, Lam Quang Nhat and Le Nguyen Paul, who were all unable to bring home a medal at the competition. Despite her medal haul, Vien failed to improve on her personal best times in her strongest events. For example, Vien won the 200m individual medley in a time of 2:12.95, which is still behind her best of 2:12.33, which secured her bronze at the FINA World Cup in Russia in 2015. Similarly, Vien’s 200m freestyle performance in Japan was slower than the 1:59.27 she achieved at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, which smashed…... [read more]

Vietnam’s top swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien earned a gold medal and a spot in the record books after blasting through women’s 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of the 2016 Asian Championships in Japan on Thursday. Vietnam’s top swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien earned a gold medal and a spot in the record books after blasting through women’s 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of the 2016 Asian Championships in Japan on Thursday. The women’s 400m individual medley final was a two-horse race between Vien and host swimmer Shimizu Sakiko, notable for earning a spot amongst the finalists in the same event at Rio 2016. Though she had not matched her competitors speed in Rio, the 20-year-old Vietnamese held her own in Japan, touching the wall at 4:37.71 to secure a gold medal victory while smashing the old record of 4:41.29. Sakiko finished exactly one minute behind the Vietnamese with a time of 4:40.29 to secure a silver medal. Though a stunning victory, this is not Vien’s best time in the event. The Vietnamese swim star finished the 400m at Rio 2016 in just 4:36.85. Another Vietnamese swimmer, Vu Thi Phuong Anh, finished eighth in the women’s 400m individual medley at 5:11.04 in Japan yesterday. In the men’s 400m individual medley event, Vietnam’s Tran Duy Khoi placed sixth, clocking in at 4:26.40. The 2016 Asian Swimming Championships, now in its 10th edition, runs from November 17 to 20 at the Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Tokyo.... [read more]

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily Hoang Quy Phuoc finishes his competition in the men’s 100m freestyle event at 26th SEA Games in Indonesia on Wednesday. Phuoc won gold - Photo: TTXVN HCMC - Vietnam has now clinched 56 gold medals in the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) snatching second place from Thailand. The Vietnamese delegation also earned 55 silvers and 59 bronzes. Indonesia is ranked first with 87 golds, 67 silvers and 69 bronzes, while Thailand is third with 52 golds, 41 silvers and 60 bronzes. On Wednesday’s competition closed with Vietnam taking a total of 12 golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes. The Vietnamese track and field team ended their SEA Games campaign with Pham Thi Binh’s bronze in the women’s marathon on Wednesday morning as she clocked 2:48’43” while the gold went to Triyaningsih of Indonesian with 2:46’35”. Ni Lar San of Myanmar on 2:46’37” won the silver. The track and field athletes took nine golds, nine silvers and 14 bronzes, behind leaders Thailand who netted 14 golds, eight silvers and 10 bronzes. The Vietnamese shooting team also ended their successful Games as they bagged three more golds on Wednesday; Nguyen Duy Hoang won the men’s 50m rifle 3 position event, Hoang Xuan Vinh, who topped the men’s 10m air pistol on Monday, brought home his second gold in the men’s 25m center fire pistol event. Ngo Huu Vuong also took home a seventh gold for the Vietnamese shooting team when he won the…... [read more]




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