Nguyen Thi Thiet fulfilled her Olympic ambition in Beijing on August 12 of lifting a total of 225kg – 20 more than she lifted at her debut Olympics in Athens – to come fifth in the women’s 63kg category.
The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion finished one place higher than she did four years ago.
Thiet, who won a gold medal in the SEA Games in Thailand last December, successfully lifted 100kg in the snatch event after two attempts and 125kg in the clean and jerk on her second lift to finish 15kg behind gold medallist Pak Hyon Suk of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Thiet tried to raise her overall total by snatching 102kg but failed on the third attempt. In the clean and jerk, Thiet failed at 127kg while the gold medallist, Pak, the world number three, succeeded in her third attempt to lift 135kg in the event.
Pak’s total was also just 1kg off the Olympic record set in Sydney in 2000 by Chinese Chen Xiaomin.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s marksman Nguyen Manh Tuong, who is the oldest athlete in the Vietnamese Olympic team, could not outdo his performance in the 10m air pistol on August 11 when he finished 34th out of 48.
The five-time SEA games gold medallist, the first Vietnamese marksman, scored 543 points, finishing 117.4 points off the winner, Jin Jong-oh from the Republic of Korea.
By August 13, China topped the medal tally with 11 golds, followed by the US and the Republic of Korea.