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Lan to run against powerhouses at world athletic champs

Quach Thi Lan has earned a place at the World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon, the US, where she will face off against the best athletes in the world this month.

She is the sole Vietnamese competitor at the 18th edition tournament, receiving a wildcard position as Vietnam did not earn any official berth from qualifications.

It will be her second time in the US. Lan enjoyed a one-year training course in Florida, the US, in 2015.

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Quach Thi Lan (right) on her way to gold in the women's 400m hurdles during the SEA Games 31 in May in Hanoi. Lan will represent Vietnam at the World Athletics Championship in the US.

Nguyen Manh Hung, general secretary of the Vietnam Athletics Federation, said Lan was chosen as the most successful of the Vietnamese competitors.

The 26-year-old was the only track-and-field athlete from Vietnam to compete at the Tokyo Olympics last July. Her presence in the women's 400m hurdles semi-finals was Vietnam's best athletics performance at the Olympics.

Lan won the 400m hurdles in the 2018 Asian Games and 400m hurdles in the Asian championship in 2019.

She claimed two SEA Games titles in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay, and a bronze in the 400m last month.

Lan will travel to Oregon with her Bulgarian coach Vladimir Simeonov who also accompanied her at the Tokyo Games.

Lan said she was honoured to be selected for the first time at the world event. After a short time visiting family after the SEA Games 31 success, she has been back in action to prepare for the event.

In the coming event, which is scheduled from July 15-24, Lan will face the world's strongest runners, including Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin who broke her own world record in the 400m hurdles at the US track and field championships last week.

The Vietnamese athlete said she is not under any pressure of high results but is encouraged to run as best as she can.

Lan will run in the 400m hurdles qualification on July 19. If she qualifies, the semi-finals will be held a day later, while the finals are on July 22.

At the previous world championship in 2019 in Qatar, Vietnam sent youngster Ngan Ngoc Nghia to compete in the men's 100m event. He did not make the finals.

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Source: VNS

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