VOV.VN - The nation remained top of the leader board at the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), earning an additional 10 gold medals on May 21 to surpass its initial target of winning between 140 and 150 gold medals at the event.
Fighter Le Hong Tuan earned gold in the men’s 55kg category in Vovinam competitions on May 21 after defeating rivals from Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand.
In other events held on the same day, the Vietnamese women’s handball team trounced Thailand 39-27 and claimed another gold medal for the nation.
Local martial artists won three gold medals thanks to the efforts of Do Thu Ha, Nguyen Hoang Thanh, and Hoang Thi Tinh in judo’s 45kg, 55kg and 48kg categories, respectively.
Pham Thi Hong Thanh bagged a gold medal in the women’s 64kg category, while setting two new SEA Games records in the process with 126kg in the jerk event and 230kg in the total lift.
Elsewhere, weightlifter Nguyen Quoc Toan obtained a bronze medal in the men’s 81kg category after recording a total lift of 340kg, with the gold and a silver medals going to the weightlifters of Thailand and Indonesia.
Furthermore, canoists brought home to two gold medals for Vietnam on May 21, with Nguyen Thi Huong grabbing a gold medal in the women’s 200 metres after clocking a time of 49 seconds. This marks Huong’s third medal at SEA Games 31 after coming first in the 500 metres and 1,000 metres.
Other gold medal went to a group of four canoeists, including Truong Thi Phuong, Diep Thi Huong, Nguyen Thi Huong, and Nguyen Thi Ngan.
In the men’s team blitz chess event held on the morning of May 21, Le Quang Liem and Le Tuan Minh trounced their rivals from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar in five matches to win a gold medal for Vietnam.
The other gold medal went to aerobic gymnasts Nguyen Che Thanh, Tran Ngoc Thuy Vi, and Le Hoang Phong in the aerobic gymnastics trio event.
As of 6 p.m. on May 21, Vietnam had won a further 10 golds to retain top place in the medal table with 173 gold, 102 silver, and 100 bronze medals.