Hopes for SEA Games Glory Return to Viet Nam

Viet Nam regained some dignity yesterday after losing to Singapore the previous day in Men’s Football. A Vietnamese pair, Thu Ba and Ba Dong joined Thais Nattawut and Roypim on the highest stand at the conclusion of the aerobic competitions at 24th SEA Games.

Vietnamese Aerobic pair, Ba Dong and Thu Ha, grabbed a gold medal for Viet Nam

But, according to Bulgarian sports pundit Ivan Kolev, Thailand won its share of the gold more by favor than ability.

The Vietnamese pair, Thu Ha – Ba Dong, put on a charming performance at Indoor Stadium 1 and took the lead in the “difficulty” criterion, with 3.500 points, ahead of Thailand’s 3.300 points.

However, score ended in 20.20 draw since Thailand won more points in the remaining criteria, including 8.5 in “artistic” and 8.4 in “execution” while Vietnamese only achieved 8.4 and 8.3 respectively.

Viet Nam’s aerobic team took four medals, one gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Viet Nam also got other good news yesterday from the Women’s Football Group A competitions when its team slaughtered the Philippines’ ten-nill.

According to Vietnamese Women’s Football Coach Tran Van Phat, the previous match was just a test, played without the team’s strongest players, such as Mai Lan, Van Thi Thanh and Nguyen Thi Huong, and the team will surely make the semifinals to face Thailand or Myanmar.

Viet Nam also still has a chance at gold in Women’s Sepak Takaw. The Vietnamese “girls” qualified for the finals within the top three with 550 points. Today these “girls” will compete in the finals aiming for Viet Nam’s first gold in this event.

At the end of competitions yesterday, Viet Nam gained eight gold medals, five silver and fourteen bronze, keeping the nation safely in third place overall.

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By Staff Writers – Translated by Truong Son

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