Choosing the most prominent athlete for Vietnam in 2012

Phan Thi Ha Thanh, the golden girl of Vietnamese gymnastics is likely to win her second “Athlete of the Year” title in a row with her impressive achievements this year.

In the history since the time the sports journalists voted for the tile “The typical sport athletes of Vietnam” there was only the case of "athletics Queen" Vu Thi Huong who got two consecutive coronation titles in 2009 and 2010.

Another good news to Ha Thanh in 2012 when she was officially enrolled as  a student of the University Sport 1 (Tu Son, Bac Ninh province) to pursue his dream of becoming a sport coach after retiring.

Phan Thi Ha Thanh

In addition, the sports officials in Haiphong also adopted payroll for this girl to become a state employee of Hai Phong city.

The Hai Phong People's Committee also issued a land area of 90 square meters in Kien An District for her family to build up a house themselves.

The most prominent achievement of the 2011 Athlete of the Year was her ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games, setting a milestone in the history of Vietnamese gymnasts as the first-ever athlete to gain an official ticket to the Olympics.

After returning from the London trip, the 21-year-old again wowed local audiences by snatching the first-ever gold medal for Vietnam in the Asian arena, which came in the women’s vault event at the 2012 Asian Gymnastics Championship in China.

Only ten days later, at the 2012 Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships, Thanh continued by earning a gold medal in the same event.

And yet her impressive series of achievements continued to expand in mid-December, when she successfully defended her gold medal at the 2012 Toyota Cup in Japan.

It’s not simple to win a gold medal in the Asian arena, where a number of powerful gymnasts from China, Japan, and North Korea also compete but Ha Thanh has proved her world-class abilities, and audiences around the world will know more about Vietnam when they hear the name Ha Thanh.

Nguyen Anh Khoi

Coming second in the race to the title is teenage swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, who made history in late November when she won a silver medal at the 9th Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai -- the first Asian-level silver trophy the country has ever achieved.

Anh Vien was also one of the Vietnamese hopefuls at the London Olympics at just 16 years old.

Other remarkable athletes of the year are shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh with his Asian gold medal, ten-year-old chess player Nguyen Anh Khoi with his World U-10 championship.

The ceremony to cast votes for the 2012 Athlete of the Year title will take place on December 28 with the voting of 200 sports journalists countrywide.

The result will be officially announced on March 22, 2013.

Source SGGP, translated by MT

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