​Vietnam’s ‘golden girl’ eyes cycling gold at 2018 Asian Games

Nguyen Thi That, the ‘golden girl’ of Vietnam’s road cycling team, has set her eyes on a gold medal at the upcoming 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in August, after having dominated regional competitions in recent years. That started off 2018 with a historic gold medal at the 2018 Asian Cycling Championships in Myanmar in February, finishing 106 kilometers in under three hours and 12 minutes. The feat brought her Vietnam’s first-ever gold medal in women’s road cycling at Asian levels, but That said she still lacked a gold medal at the Asian Games to perfect her collection. “I will be in Switzerland in March for an intensive training course to prepare for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia,” she said. Nguyen Thi That launched her international career into the spotlight in 2014 at the age of 21 when she won a silver medal at the 17th Asian Games in South Korea. Following long-term training programs in South Korea and Switzerland offered by the International Cycling Union (UCI), That rose to the top of her game in Southeast Asia, winning two gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia. Good coordination as a team is key to winning in road cycling events, but That’s powerful individual sprints that she could pull off even without the help from teammates was what made her stand out among other Asian female cyclists. A renowned cycling team from Italy has extended an invitation for That to race in their uniform, but… [Read full story]

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