2008 Beijing Olympic Games to See Three Vietnamese Taekwondo Fighters

Yesterday, the 2007 World Federation Taekwondo (WTF) Asian Taekwando Qualification Tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games announced its final winners. Viet Nam took the top three positions with three gold medals which granted the Vietnamese athletes the opportunity to compete in the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Vietnamese fighter Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu does a smash attack to her Lebanese rival, Consette Basbous

The 2007 WTF Asian Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games took place in Ho Chi Minh City’s Phu Tho Stadium. The event saw the participation of 92 competitors from 30 nations and territories. The top three contenders from each category will compete in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The first honor went to Hoang Ha Giang on the first day of competition. Giang’s impressive win over Pakistani rival, Kiran bano, ensured the award.

However, the host country had to wait for the news of the gold, as she took on her next opponent, Thai rival Mae Num Chirdkiatisak. Having to forfeit the match halfway, the gold medal in the Women’s -49kg category was automatically rewarded to Giang.

The next day was another happy day for the host when Vietnamese competitor, Nguyen Van Hung defeated his Uzbekistan rival Akmal Lrgashev in the final of Men’s +80kg category.

The viewers at the stadium on Thursday enjoyed the nail biting show during the three rounds with the steady win of 3-1, 5-3, 7-5. This is the second time Hung has made it to compete in the Olympic Games.

Yesterday was the final day of the tournament and once again saw the smiling face of a Vietnamese competitor, Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu. She reached the top in her class of -57kg.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has now got their first athletes from 14 countries and territories from this event. Among them, in the top three positions are Iran, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam; these countries will see their athletes appearing in the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing

By Staff Writers – Translated by Truong Son

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