Vietnam gymnasts sheen in SEA Games

Vietnam stormed to 11 gold medals in the gymnastics in the 26th Southeast Asian Games that wrapped up Tuesday in Indonesia.

The sport brought home more golds than any other sport the Vietnamese contingent joined.

Vietnamese gold medalist Phan Thi Ha Thanh (C), Vietnamese silver medalist Do Thi Ngan Thuong (L) and Singaporean bronze medalist Lim Heem Wei (R) pose for a photograph after the women’s all round gymnastics in SEA Games in Indonesia’s Palembang November 14, 2011. (Photo: Sai Gon Giai Phong)

Surprisingly, Vietnamese athletes clinched the men’s team gold. The gold medalists were Truong Minh Sang, Nguyen Ha Thanh, Dang Nam, Hoang Cuong, Pham Phuoc Hung, and Nguyen Tuan Dat. The Thai team came second, followed by hosts Indonesia.

In the women’s events, Phan Thi Ha Thanh of Vietnam won a gold in all round gymnastics. Her countrywoman Do Thi Ngan Thuong came second in the category. Thuong went on to win a gold in another category.

General secretary Nguyen Hong Minh of the Vietnam Gymnastics Association said, “I expected five golds from gymnastics for Vietnam in all but the number of 11 golds is completely unexpected.

“But it’s true that Vietnam made progress while powerhouses in the sport like Thailand and Malaysia have gone down in the Games. Malaysia had previously been the number one in the men’s team but they did not succeed this time. Thailand have also lost some golds in the men’s competitions,” he added.

By Nguyen Dinh, translated by Tuong Thuy

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