Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vietnam eyes record finish in Asian Games

Vietnam eyes record finish in Asian Games
Vietnam is aiming to land in the top 15 countries in the upcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
The Southeast Asian nation has improved tremendously in the international sports scene after being devastated by war in the 1970s. From perennial minnows, Vietnam is now considered a powerhouse not only in Southeast Asia but also in Asia.
Vietnam will send a 260-member contingent to Guangzhou. Vietnamese athletes will compete in 29 of the 42 sporting disciplines in the 16th edition of the quadrennial multi-sport meet, which will be held from 12 November to 27 November. National Sports Administration deputy head Le Quy Phuong will lead the Vietnamese delegation to Guangzhou.
Among Vietnam's top medal prospects in Guangzhou are track and field stars Vu Thi Huong, Truong Thanh Hang, Vu Van Huyen and Nguyen Dinh Cuong. Also expected to win a medal is Chinese chess master Ngo Lan Huong, a bronze medallist in the inaugural World Mind Games.

Vietnam finished 19th overall at the 2006 Doha Asian Games after collecting three gold, 13 silver and seven bronze medals. The country won two gold medals in sepak takraw and one in karatedo.
The women's doubles regu squad of Nguyen Duc Thu Hien, Luu Thi Thanh and Nguyen Hai Thao defeated Myanmar in the final while the women's squad downed Thailand in the team event. Vu Thi Nguyet Anh topped the women's kumite under 48-kilogram division.
The country first participated in Asia's biggest multi-sport event at the 1986 Seoul Games. Vietnam won their first ever gold medal at the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games courtesy of taekwondo jin Tran Quang Ha.  Pham Hong Ha and Tran Van Thong also won silver medals.
Vietnam posted their best finish in the Asiad at the 2002 Busan Games, winning four gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals to place 15th overall.

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