Top Vietnamese athletes of 2017

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (swimming) The “little mermaid” from Can Tho city produced an extraordinary 2017, winning two golds and one silver medal and breaking one record at the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG 5), in addition to a sparkling collection of eight individual golds, two silvers and three records at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Most recently, Anh Vien was named as the best Vietnamese athlete of the year for the fourth time after winning the most votes from journalists and sports aficionados. This is a worthy reward for the 21-year-old swimmer’s exceptional contributions to the national sport. Le Tu Chinh (athletics) Le Tu Chinh has emerged as a shining star of Vietnamese athletics in short distances. On her debut at the SEA Games arena, the 1997-born athlete affirmed herself as the new “queen of speed” in the region with a hattrick of gold medals in the 100m dash, 200m dash and 4x100m relay (breaking the Games record). In addition, Tu Chinh also claimed the 60m dash silver medal at the AIMAG 5 in Turkmenistan. Thach Kim Tuan (weightlifting) 2017 was a fruitful year for the 1994-born weightlifter as he struck gold medals in the regional, continental and global arenas. Specifically, Thach Kim Tuan swept all three gold medals in the men’s 56kg category (snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift) at the IWF World Championships 2017 in the United States. Previously, Tuan had taken the top honour twice in the same weight class at… [Read full story]


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