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Vietnam aiming for top three games finish

A record number of Vietnamese athletes will compete at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines later this year, and they are all gunning for glory.

Vietnam is sending athletes to compete in 43 out of the 56 events at the regional tournament and they are aiming for a top-three finish.

Athletics is a sport which Vietnam will send the most athletes with 47 men and women.

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Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is expected to shine at the upcoming SEA Games.

The medal hopes are runners Le Tu Chinh in the women’s 100m and 200m, Nguyen Thi Huyen in the women’s 400m hurdles, Vu Thi Men in the women’s triple jump, Duong Van Thai in the men’s 800m, Nguyen Thi Oanh in the women’s 1,500m, and Bui Van Đong in the men’s long jump.

At the SEA Games two years ago, Vietnam won 17 golds, surpassing Thailand to top the region.

However, according to head of the athletics section of National Sports Administration Duong Duc Thuy, it will be hard for Vietnamese track and field athletes this time around.

Another sport that may help Vietnam reach their target is swimming. Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is aiming for 8-10 gold medals.

Vien, who is from the southern city of Can Tho, is training in the US for the tournament.

One of Vietnam’s most talented athletes, Vien has trained in the US since 2012 with the expense covered by the National Sports Administration and her team, the military team.

Across four SEA Games, the 22-year-old has bagged 19 gold, seven silver and two bronze medals and broken 11 regional records. At the Games 2015 and 2017, Vien won eight gold medals each.

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Runners Le Tu Chinh.

In addition, the men’s and women’s football team are also going for gold medals in the Philippines. The women’s team has triumphed in the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship, which is a massive morale boost for the event.

On the men’s side, U22 Vietnam beat U22 China 2-0 in a friendly match in Wuhan last month. They will have another friendly match with UAE on October 13 at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.

Launched in 1959, the SEA Games is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from 11 countries in Southeast Asia. This year’s competition begins at the end of November.

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Source: VNA

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