Vien clocked 1:01:89, breaking the previous SEA Games record of 1:02:11. This is the first time Vien triumphed in this category at the region’s largest sport event.
The same day, Vien’s teammate Le Thi My Thao secured a silver medal in the women’s 200m butterfly category with a time of 2:12:61.
Meanwhile, both Paul Le Nguyen and Nguyen Huu Kim Son finished third in the men’s 50m backstroke and 400m freestyle events respectively, bringing home two bronze medals.
Vietnam’s national swimming team, consisting of 25 swimmers, will compete in all 38 categories, aiming to win one-sixth of Vietnam’s total target of 60 gold medals at SEA Games 29.