Vietnam's Judo team last week had only two martial artists Tran Thi Phuong Trang and Nguyen Thi Nhu Y, fighting in their women categories of 70kg and 78kg, respectively at 2011 Asian Judo Championships.
There were only 11 fighters in the women's 70kg category and in the first match, it took Phuong Trang only 2 minutes 53 seconds to beat Rai Indira from Nepal.
But then, Phuong Trang lost to Tachimoto Haruka from Japan after 4 minutes 35 seconds.
Being defeated by Shin Han Huang from Taiwan after 2 minutes 48 seconds, Phuong Trang finished seventh out of 11 players in the category.
There were also 11 contestants in Nguyen Thi Nhu Y’s 78kg category. Y had a bye to the second round, but then she was defeated by Galiya Ul Mentaeva from Kazakhstan after 2 minutes 10 seconds.
In the first round competition for the bronze medal prize, Nhu Y easily knocked out Nasiba Surkiyeva from Turkmenistan after 49 seconds.
In the final of this round, Nhu Y lost to Japanese competitor Chihiro Takahashi after 5 minutes of dramatic competition.
Thus, at the end, Vietnam Judo can earn one bronze medal taken by Van Ngoc Tu. This achievement gives Vietnamese Judo a lot of hope in the future.
Meanwhile, after bringing the Judo bronze medal to Vietnam at the Asian Championships, Van Ngoc Tu was given 72 points in the ranking of the International Judo Federation.
With a total 160 points, Ngoc Tu is currently leading the Asian region, 14 points clear of second-placed a martial artist from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.