VOV.VN - Vietnam first won a gold medal in the men’s full marathon (42km race) at the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) on May 19 after Hoang Nguyen Thanh finished first with a time of 2hours 25 minutes and 7.84 seconds.
He left behind SEA Games 2019 gold medalist Agus Prayogo (Indonesia) in second place with a time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 37.13 seconds, and lan Tony Ah-Thit Payne (Thailand) in third place with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 39.66 seconds.
This is the first time Vietnam has secured a gold in the men’s 42km long race at SEA Games.
Pham Thi Binh earlier clinched a gold for Vietnam in the women’s full marathon at the 27th SEA Games held in Myanma in 2013.
Shortly after Nguyen Thanh getting the gold medal, his teammates Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc and Vo Xuan Vinh subsequently brought back two golds in the women’s and men’s 20km walk.
As a results, Vietnamese Track-and-Field athletes have bagged 22 golds at SEA Games 31, surpassing their Thai opponents in second place with 12 golds.
On May 19 athletes are competing in more than 20 sports, with Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Vovinam, Shooting, Archery and Chess expected to bring back more golds for Vietnam.
As of 10am on May 19 Vietnam has got 129 gold medals, retaining firsst place in the medal table.