Local taekwondo fighter wins silver medal at Canada Open
VOV.VN - Bac Thi Khiem, 24, brought joy to Vietnamese sports on the first days of the lunar new year as she pocketed a silver medal at the Canada Open 2024 on February 11.
The taekwondo martial artist finished second in the women’s 67kg weight category.
Khiem outplayed the tournament’s No. 2 seed Leslie Soltero of Mexico in the semi-finals but conceded defeat to No.1 seed Milena Titoneli of Brazil in the final.
Her teammates Truong Thi Kim Tuyen in the women’s 53kg and Tran Thi Anh Tuyet in the women’s 62kg categories were disqualified from the tournament in the quarter-finals.
Khiem has gained good results in international tournaments over recent years. Most recently, at the Asian Games (ASIAD) 2023, she trounced Kim Jandi of the Republic of Korea in the quarter-finals, lost out to Delo Laila of the Philippines in the semi-finals, clinching a bronze medal in the 67kg category.
Khiem is Vietnam’s best hopeful for the 2024 Paris Olympics, as she will compete in the Asian zone’s qualifiers to be held in China in March.
Vietnam sent seven fighters to the Canada Open in Vancouver from February 8 to 11. After the competition, they will vie for medals at the US Open due to take place in Nevada from February 16 to 18.